Fort Wayne Accessibility

A City for All Abilities

Fort Wayne is a city for people of all abilities. As a major adaptive sports competition site, we understand the importance of accessibility and are intentional to provide resources for visitors and residents to experience our city to the fullest. 

Arts & Culture

Fort Wayne is home to a vibrant and booming art scene. Experience live performances at the Embassy Theatre equipped with accessible seating, sensory kits and assistive listening devices. An interpreter for the visually impaired can also be requested two weeks prior to a show. Make your way to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art with easily accessible exhibits. Both the Embassy and Museum of Art have wheelchairs available to patrons.

Check out “Project Lights Up” by the Civic Theatre at the Arts United Center. This program allows the theatre to conduct several sensory-friendly performances. Designed as an inclusive way for people on the autistic spectrum to enjoy traditional theatre, these performances are free for these individuals and their family.

Outdoors

YMCA Buddies ProgramIn Fort Wayne, we take outdoor recreation seriously. With dozens of parks and more than 100 miles of trails, there is plenty of open-air fun for everyone. The YMCA Trail Buddies Program assists individuals who are unable to ride a bicycle in experiencing our trails by pairing them with a trained volunteer who pedals them along a relaxing and scenic bike ride. This June, a brand new fully accessible park and playground will open on the riverfront featuring community space, public art, river recreation, and interactive experiences. With special wheelchair accessible grass, boat docking systems, and other inclusive features, everybody can enjoy. On the North end of town, the Parkview Family Park also offers a fully accessible playground on a cushioned surface as well as a paved trail

Finish off a day of outdoor fun by catching a TinCaps game at Fort Wayne’s award-winning Parkview Field. Built in 2008, this facility has plenty of accommodations making it easily accessible for visitors and locals. Stadium seating is accessible for wheelchairs and electrical outlets are included for chairs that need a power source. Sensory kits are also available. These include items such as noise reducing headphones, weighted comfort items to lay on neck and shoulders, communication cards, fidget toys, etc.

Attractions

Experience serenity amongst a busy downtown with a visit to the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory. With accessible pathways and a relaxing ambience, the conservatory can be enjoyed by people of all abilities. Special event days are posted online and tend to crowd the location, however escaping to the Saguaro or Orchid Rooms typically can provide welcome respite to visitors who come on busy days and need a quiet place to go.

Visitors also love the interactive and educational Science Central. Home to more than 200 hands-on exhibits, all but two are wheelchair accessible. If you are planning a trip in 2019 on the following days, you could participate in Science Central’s Special Abilities Day:

Science Central Special Abilities Day - 2019 Dates: March 19, April 16, June 23, August 17, September 24, November 9 and December 10. Go to Event

On these days, modifications are made to exhibits and programs to provide fun science education for participants with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

For some summertime fun for all, the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo has been officially designated a KultureCity sensory inclusive facility. This means they will have accommodations for individuals on the spectrum of autism and with other sensory needs to experience the zoo more comfortably. Visitors can also climb aboard Z.O.&O. train ride with ease, as it is now wheelchair accessible.

Taylor's Dream Boundless Playground

Finally, spend an afternoon with the family at Taylor’s Dream Boundless Playground, inside Kreager Park, with playground equipment for children of all abilities. Climb, hang, spin and swing with ease at one of the “50 Best Playgrounds in America” designated by Early Childhood Education Zone. 

Conventions and Meetings

Coming to town for a meeting or convention? The Grand Wayne Convention Center is fully accessible and very easy to access if you are staying in the attached Hilton or Courtyard by Marriott hotels. Wheelchairs and Sensory kits are also available for check out.

If you are attending an event at the Memorial Coliseum, you can expect accommodations for accessible entrances and seating options. All areas of the Coliseum are wheelchair accessible except the 200 level seating sections in the Arena. Wheelchairs and Sensory kits are available for check out here as well.

What to Expect

Fort Wayne’s attractions are eager to host individuals and families of all abilities. Many popular sites have made accommodations to ensure each visitor has a pleasant and memorable experience. Continue reading to learn more about each facility’s unique accessible features. 

Science Central - Fort Wayne, INScience Central

1950 N Clinton St. 
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
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This fun and educational museum hosts 200 hands-on exhibits as well as national touring exhibits.

What to expect:
  • Accessible parking is available directly in front of the building.
  • Each bathroom is accessible.
  • All exhibits are wheelchair accessible with the exception of the High Rail Bike and Confusion Illusion Room.
  • Wheelchair accessible seating is available in demonstration areas and the cafeteria.
  • Wheelchairs are available for checkout.
  • There are areas of the building and exhibits that could potentially trigger someone with sensory sensitivities. These locations are the Science on a Sphere Theater (low light), Confusion Illusion Room (angled floor), Recollections Exhibit (flashing lights), and Swap Shop (animals and smells).
  • Patrons may request a quiet area to rest if needed.
  • Science Central will host eight special abilities days in 2019. Modifications are made to the exhibits and programs on these days to provide fun science education for patrons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Learn more about this program here.

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Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

3411 Sherman Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46808
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Open for the season on April 27, 2019. A KultureCity designated facility, all families can enjoy the interactive and award-winning Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. The zoo is home to a diverse spread of exhibits and animals from lions and giraffes in the African Journey to Orangutans in the Indonesian Rainforest you can see mammals, fish, birds and reptiles from all over the world! 

What to expect:
  • Accessible parking is located near the main entrance.
  • Wheelchairs are available for checkout.
  • Pathways in the zoo can be accessed smoothly with a wheelchair except for the gravel paths in the Indiana Farm and Australian Adventure.
  • Designated areas are available for families to go if they need a quiet place to rest.
  • The Z.O.&O. Railroad train ride is wheelchair accessible.
  • Sensory kits are available for checkout.

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Promenade Park

202 W. Superior Street.
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
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This brand new park will open on Fort Wayne’s Riverfront in June 2019. The park is designed to be fully accessible and will feature trails, public art, an amphitheater, water recreation, and more!

What to expect:
  •  Accessible parking is available along Wells St adjacent to the pavilion.
  • The entire park is accessible. Outdoor tables and chairs are all movable allowing for accommodation of wheelchairs.
  • The grass in this park is made of special turf which allows wheelchairs to move with ease.
  • Accessible restrooms are available.
  • The garden area east of the pavilion is designed to provide visual and sensory separation from traffic and the rest of the park.
  • Tactile ribbon embedded in the pavement that extends throughout the park as well as small 3D printed maps are provided to help orient blind or low-vision guests.
  • An accessible kayak launch and universally accessible playground are both located on the north bank.
  • Plantings throughout the park provide positive sensory input (touch, smell, movement, etc.).
  • Larger than typical shade trees to provide shade and cooling.
  • Extra wide pathways throughout the park accommodate multiple wheelchairs. Paving patterns also vary in order to orient those with sensory difficulties.

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Butterfly at BotanicalFoellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

1100 S Calhoun St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
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Stop and smell the roses at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory. Their serene environment and beautifully lush seasonal exhibits are sure to put you in a state of peace and relaxation.

What to expect:
  • Easy, accessible entrance through the Calhoun Street Entrance off of the Circle Drive.
  • Two accessible parking spaces are adjacent to the facility. There is also accessible parking the Civic Center Garage which the conservatory will validate.
  • Pathways are easily accessible using a wheelchair and benches are available along the way.
  • All restrooms are accessible.
  • All exhibits are accessible with the exception of two overlooks in the Tropical Garden.
  • A serene environment can typically be expected. However, on special event days the conservatory may become crowded and noisy. These days are publicly posted. If a patron should ever feel they need a quiet place to go they are welcome to use the Saguaro or Orchid Rooms.
  • Woody the Talking Tree could be triggering to an individual with sensory sensitivities. This exhibit can be avoided, just let the associate at the front desk know you would like to take a different route.

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Parkview Field

1301 Ewing St.
 Fort Wayne, IN 46802
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Experience Fort Wayne’s award-winning minor league baseball park. Home to the Fort Wayne TinCaps, our stadium was voted, “Top Minor League Baseball Experience” four times by Stadium Journey magazine.

What to expect:
  • Multiple ramps into the ballpark along with an elevator to all levels allows for easy access to and around the stadium.
  • Wheelchairs are available for checkout.
  • Accessible stadium seating is available along with electrical outlets to plugin chairs requiring electricity.
  • The stadium has accessible restrooms.
  • Sensory kits are available for checkout.
  • Staff are available to assist blind or low vision guests as needed.

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Embassy Theatre

125 W Jefferson Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
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Take in a show at the incredible historic Embassy Theatre. Broadway stage, concerts of all musical formats and cinema are all on the agenda.

What to expect:
  • Box office doors off of Jefferson Blvd. have automatic opening features.
  • There is wheelchair-accessible seating in the theater. However, the balcony and upper seating areas are not accessible. The ballroom is also fully accessible for seating. During events, the Embassy has a fire marshal, as well as other staff, who are available to assist patrons get to accessible seating.
  • The Embassy has two wheelchairs available for check-out.
  • Three large accessible family bathrooms are available with adult-sized changing tables.
  • Some shows may have sensory triggers, the Embassy has sensory kits available for patrons.
  • Patrons may request an interpreter for shows. This must be done at least two weeks prior to the event.
  • The Embassy also offers hearing-assist devices.

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Allen County Public Library and Genealogy Center

900 Library Plaza
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
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Get lost in the downtown public library and Genealogy Center. The friendly and professional staff works one-on-one with individuals in any stage of the research process to help them discover their family heritage.

What to expect:
  • If you are entering the library through the parking garage, there is an elevator available. There is also an interior ramp if you enter from the Ewing Street entrance.
  • Exterior doors have automatic opening features.
  • The theatre has accessible seating to accommodate wheelchairs.
  • Accessible restrooms are available.
  • The library has a quiet and tranquil environment. Loud noises or over-stimulating sensory experiences should not be expected.

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Families at the Fort Wayne Museum of ArtFort Wayne Museum of Art

311 E Main St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
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Take in diverse exhibitions of contemporary and historical art at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and bring your little ones to the Early Learning Center for some hands-on artistic fun.

What to expect:
  • Entrances have automatic features.
  • Pathways between exhibits allow ample room for a wheelchair and accessible seating is available during programing.
  • The museum has wheelchairs available for checkout.

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Getting Around

Contact one of our fine transportation services for any assistance you may need as you explore the city.

Accessible Parking

If you are getting around by car, check out this guide to accessible parking meters downtown

Clarkson Mobility

Non-emergency service in Fort Wayne, IN operating 24/7, including weekends and holidays. Private. Travels throughout Indiana.

Operates 24/7 including weekends and holidays

2916 Vance Avenue
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
(260) 745-6082

ClarksonMobility@gmail.com

Community Transportation Network (CTN)

CTN serves as a central resource, linking those who need specialized transportation to available resources. Provides group transportation for field trips or shuttle.

Available Monday-Saturday 7 AM – 6 PM

5601 Industrial Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46825
(260) 420-3280

support@ridectn.org

Citilink

Each Citilink Bus is equipped with a wheelchair lift or ramp and other equipment to assist people with disabilities. If a person is unable to access a bus due to inoperative lift or ramp, alternate transportation will be provided.

For routes/schedules: www.fwcitilink.com

801 Leesburg Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46808
(260) 432-4546

Resources

League for the Blind and Disabled

The League for the Blind and Disabled partners with Deaflink to help visitors and residents find the appropriate interpreting services for their needs.

5821 S. Anthony Blvd.
Fort Wayne IN 46816

Voice/TTY: (260) 441-0551 or (800) 889-3443
Videophone for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing: (260) 440-3013
DeafLink Emergency Pager: (260) 481-8153

the-league@the-league.org

Fort Wayne Autism Center

The Fort Wayne Autism Center has three locations that offer services ranging from teaching social skills to therapy and support for children on the spectrum of autism.

(260) 245-1455

info@fwautismcenter.com

Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana

Easterseals Arc offers a broad range of services including employment services, day programs, residential services, recreation, and respite for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

4919 Coldwater Rd
Fort Wayne, IN 46825
(260) 456-4534

AWS Foundation

AWS Foundation supports community initiatives to make our city more inclusive for individuals with disabilities. Check out a list of some of these resources here.


Information Collected by Visit Fort Wayne

This page is intended to be a useful guide for Fort Wayne visitors and residents with disabilities to easily access all that our city has to offer. Visit Fort Wayne intends to continue developing the content of this page to ensure this information is up-to-date and helpful. If you have a suggestion of more attractions, transportation, resources or other helpful information that should be included, please email rachel@visitfortwayne.com.

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