Sarasota Area Handicapped Services
Ringling Museum, & Asolo Center for the Performing Arts
Limited handicapped parking is available on the south side of the Museum of Art, or across the street from the Museum in the parking lot of the FSU/Asolo Center for the Performing Arts.
Wheelchairs are offered at no charge at the Museum of Art, Circus Museum and Càd'Zan mansion, based on availability.
Cà d'Zan mansion has limited accessibility. To access the mansion, guests must be able to transfer easily from a regular wheelchair to a more narrow wheelchair, which is utilized to accommodate the historic doorways. The Museum of Art and Circus Museum are barrier free.
No electric wheelchairs may be used inside the mansion.
Handicapped accessible restrooms are available at Càd'Zan and Museum of Art. When visiting the Circus Museum, please use the accessible restroom at the Banyan Cafe.
Accessibility Group Tours
The Ringling Museum of Art offers special group tours for blind and visually impaired visitors and their companions. These interactive tours, led by trained docents, include engaging verbal descriptions of the works of art on view; reproduction enhancements; tactile diagrams to help visitors “feel” the work of art; and touchable props.
Tours of the Museum of Art are available to groups of five or more people with visual impairment and their companions.
Tours are offered by advanced reservation only: Tuesdays – Fridays from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. For additional information, contact 941.359.5700 x5702.
The Van Wezel Arts Hall strives to ensure that all people, regardless of ability, can enjoy the programming. Both the Main and Bayside lobbies are completely accessible to people with disabilities. If you have a special request for accessible seating or special assistance materials, please contact the Box Office/House Manager at (941) 955-7676 x 2259, at least three weeks in advance of the event. Elevators in both lobbies provide easy access to all levels of the Hall, including the Grand Foyer and Auditorium. In the auditorium, wheelchair seating is now available in Sections A and C. Wheelchair patrons can be accommodated in restrooms off both lobbies.
For the Hard of Hearing
The Van Wezel offers an Infrared listening system. The system makes it possible for those with a hearing loss of up to 75% to hear a program from any seat in the auditorium. Headsets are available for use free of charge in both lobbies before each show.
Patrons in wheelchairs
Patrons in wheelchairs may enter through automatic doors in both Main and Bayside lobbies on ground level (no stairs). Only disabled patrons with tickets in wheelchair section may use the free parking facilities on the circle outside the Main Entrance. Your cooperation is requested. Additional free parking for handicapped is provided in the regular parking area. Cars must have necessary identification to qualify for these special arrangements. Wheelchair patrons can be accommodated in restrooms off both lobbies. There is a wheelchair on the premises for emergency use.
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
In the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida, a handicapped-accessible canopy walkway was constructed in 1998. It is a child-friendly structure according to Americans with Disabilities Act regulations, so that anyone in a wheelchair, with a stroller, or with a walker can enjoy the treetops.
Manatee Talking Books Program
Braille and recorded books, magazines and descriptive video or a television programs as well as the playback machines are sent to borrowers and returned to the library by postage-free mail. For further information please call (941) 742-5914.