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August 30, 2019


 

Dear hospitality partner:

As part of GRCVB’s 2019-2020 Business Plan, we are committed to enhancing accessibility for Wake County’s visitors (both leisure travelers and convention/event attendees). Our vision is that Raleigh/Wake County, N.C., becomes known as a destination that is accessible for all, including visitors with accessibility challenges.

You might have noticed that we recently introduced accessibility tools to visitRaleigh.com, made possible by digital accessibility company AudioEye. Look for the blue man icon at the bottom-right of any page to see what, after an introductory testing phase, AudioEye will bring to our website.

Our next step will be to host ALL ACCESS WAKE COUNTY, a day-long, accessibility awareness and training day for staff of area hospitality partners (hotels, restaurants, retailers, attractions and suppliers such as transportation providers). The event has been scheduled for Nov. 18, 2019, from 9am-2:30pm at Raleigh Convention Center.

To anchor the day, we have booked Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray, authors of the book “I’ll Push You.” Justin and Patrick were also featured in a full-length film of the same name, which documented their journey on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Justin is the only person in the 1,000-year history of the trail to have completed the journey in a wheelchair. Their story is a powerful one of friendship and perseverance, and it's well worth watching. Justin and Patrick have appeared on The TODAY ShowHarry, the Meredith Vieira Show and others.

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Justin, who has a neuromuscular disease similar to ALS, also hosts a website, itsjustin.co, to help disabled travelers navigate some of the practical and daunting challenges they face. He also regularly teaches hotel, restaurant, venue and attraction partners how we can make our businesses and services accessible to all travelers. That is what he and Patrick will be sharing with us in the plenary session.

In addition to the plenary session, the day will offer a series of breakout sessions with insight, awareness and practical takeaways for all hospitality partners to utilize when you return to your workplace.




Support opportunities

Please save the date on your calendars and consider participating with many other Wake County partners who are helping to make this event happen—and to also elevate accessibility as a priority that is shared across our area. To that end, we are offering several tiers of sponsorships:

Platinum sponsor
• $1,000
• logo on all print and electronic communication
• official All Access Wake County partner (certificate for display, signage and web graphic)
• 10 tickets
• three available

Gold sponsor
• $750
• logo on all print and electronic communication
• official All Access Wake County partner (certificate for display, signage and web graphic)
• five tickets

Silver sponsor
• $500
• listed on all print and electronic communication
• official All Access Wake County partner (certificate for display, signage and web graphic)
• three tickets

Bronze sponsor
• $250
• listed on all print and electronic communication
• official All Access Wake County partner (certificate for display, signage and web graphic)
• two tickets

Break sponsors
• $300
• logo on all print and electronic communication
• official All Access Wake County partner (certificate for display, signage and web graphic)
• two available
 

Would you 1) consider being a sponsor of this event and 2) save the date for yourself and for members of your staff?

Click for sponsorship info

The sponsorship deadline is Aug. 30, 2019. Deadline extended to Sept. 6, 2019.

We are dreaming of a day when all of Wake County, every attraction, every restaurant and every venue is accessible to all visitors no matter their ability level.

For more information about All Access Wake County, please contact GRCVB staff Julie Brakenbury at 919.645.2661 or Karen DeSollar at 919.645.2666.