Big Apple Greeter launched its Access Program in 1993 to inform travelers with disabilities of accessible travel options within New York City, and to help travelers with disabilities get the most from their visit by matching them with a volunteer Greeter who will show them a favorite section of the city. Since then, we have welcomed several thousand visitors with disabilities along with their travel companions.
Our volunteers include more than 50 Greeters who themselves have visible or invisible disabilities and want to share their love of New York City with visitors.
Sensitivity Awareness information has been incorporated into our organization’s volunteer orientation program. It is designed to heighten awareness about disabilities, so that all Greeters are better able to make their visitors’ trip to New York City wonderful and memorable. In addition, if you are a New Yorker with a disability and would like to know more about becoming a Greeter, visit our Become a Volunteer page.
The Official Accessibility Guide produced by NYC & Company, the city’s visitors’ bureau, provides tools and resources for accessible travel within the city.
Submit your request to meet a Greeter by filling in the Visit Request Form.
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Here is a YouTube video with host Sheri Melander-Smith. The segment covers disability travel, New York City, and Travel Tips.