Project # 1: Savannah’s Historic District Navigational Guide for Scooter and Wheelchair Users…
Project Chairman: Dan Shehan
Committee Members: Richard Graham, Tom Newcomer, Sandra Bath, Sher Blackwelder,
Marty Foxx and Diane Davis.
Coastal Empire Polio Survivors Association published a Navigational Guide that maps out an
accessible path from Bull Street to parks and historic sites for wheelchairs and scooters. The map
was distributed to visitor centers, hotels, LIFE members, CEPSA members, and other special interest groups.
The polio survivors on this committee have personally made many trips through-out the Historic
District of Savannah by scooter and car to map out the accessible path. We will be meeting with city
officials to notify the city of the non-accessible areas, and any curb cuts that are in need of repair.
Dan Shehan was asked to serve on the disability council of Savannah and as disability awareness Chairman.
A letter has been mailed to restaurants in the Historic District along with a stamped, self addressed
response card to obtain accessible information from each restaurant. The letter clearly states that
only restaurants that are accessible to people with a disability, will be published on the map.
First Edition - 2006 Front of map
Back of map
Click on Link Below to Read Newspaper Article and View Larger Image of Map
(may take several minutes to download)
Second Edition: When Dan Shehan contacted the City Council they were so impressed
2007 by the positive attention the map brought to the lack of accessibility in the
Historic District that they allocated over $200,000.00 to begin adding new
curb cuts and needed repairs. That money allowed the city to add over 500
new curb cuts. As the first map’s popularity grew, more restaurants made
their establishments accessible and asked to be included on the next edition
of the map. The committee up-dated the map with the new curb cuts and
redistributed the new version.
Third Edition: The following year the city added at least 500 more curb cuts
2008 at an additional cost of over $200,000.00. The committee included
sponsors for the third edition of the map that completely paid the
expenses and cost of copies and even more restaurants asked
to be included on the map.
A Positive Approach to a Negative Problem
Coastal Empire Polio Survivors Association
Savannah’s Historic District Navigational Guide for
Scooter and Wheelchair Users
It was the vision of our Accessibility Chairman, Dan Shehan, the committee,
and CEPSA not to come down on restaurants and the City of Savannah for
their lack of accessibility, but to have a positive uplifting approach by using
the map to encourage people to make their establishment accessible and to
recognize those that did; to point out to the City Council the location of needed
new curb cuts and sidewalk repairs, and at the same time, help disabled people
safely tour our beautiful Historic District. CEPSA’s map is an ongoing success!
Dear Mr. Scanlon,
to myself " I need to call Bob to put these on his list." But I would procrastinate and forget to call.
Then a few weeks later while riding through town I would see the curbs cut or being cut. You must be
reading my mind! I noticed today that the curbs in front of the Savannah Theatre are being done. Your
department is really on the ball! On behalf of the Coastal Empire Polio Survivors Association and the
Savannah-Chatham Council on Disability Issues many thanks to you and your department for your
Letter Received from the Marriott Riverfront Hotel, Savannah, GA
January 4, 2010
To Whom It May Concern:
As a professional concierge at the Marriott Riverfront Hotel, in the heart of Savannah,
Georgia’s historic district, I wish to express my heartfelt thanks to the Coastal Empire
Polio Survivor’s Association for producing such a comprehensive map for use by visitors
who rely upon scooters and wheelchairs for transportation!
I frequently encounter guests who must rely upon scooters and/or wheelchairs as they
navigate the beautiful city of Savannah. Because of its old, historic buildings, accessing
restaurants, antebellum mansions, shops, parks (squares), and museums can be
challenging, to say the least.
My guests are always grateful for the excellent map highlighting suggested accessible
locations and routes. This enables them to follow along; avoid hitting “dead ends”; and
wasting precious time as they tour this lovely city.
Many of my associates, both here at the Marriott Riverfront Hotel, and in other city
locations, also rely upon this excellent map to provide optimum service to locals and
visitors in Savannah. Hopefully, this map will continue to be made available for use in
the massive tourism industry in this historic city.
Karen A. Jacobs
Marriott Riverfront Hotel
Red Squares represent City parking garages.