The following is the second part of a guide describing the accessibility of nearby National park Service areas for handicapped visitors.
It is taken from a new National Park Service handbook called "Access National Parks, A Guide for Handicapped Visitors," which gives information on places where obstacles to full accessibility have been eliminated and where they still exist in almost 300 areas of the National Park System.
White House - People physically unable to wait in line for tours of the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, should go directly to the northeast gate at Pennsylvania and East Executive avenues. Wheelchairs are available. From the northeast gate and throughout the lower floor and the grounds, all paths and floors are fully accessible, with ramps as needed.
Guided tours for special groups can be arranged by writing the visitors office of the White House: general information may be obtained by calling (202) 456-2200.
Frederick Douglass Home - The home of the 19th century black orator, 1411 W St. SE, is on a hill overlooking a public parking lot. Visitors with mobility handicaps may drive to the home and park in the staff parking area at the back of the building. The back entrance has a wheelchair ramp. The portable comfort station is fully accessible. The second floor of the home is reached by a steep, winding and long flight of stairs. Sign language interpretation and group conducted tours can be arranged in advance, 889-1736.
Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac - The grove is in Lady Bird Johnson Park on the George Washington Memorial Parkway west of 1-95 and the 14th Street Bridge. The stone memorial and woodland trail are fully accessible. Parking is available nearby at the Columbia Island Marina. (703) 557-8990.
Old Stone House - This Georgetown home at 3051 M St. NW is one of the oldest structures in the Capital. There is one small sill at the entrance. Only commercial or on-street parking is available, and there are no public restrooms. The second floor is reached by a narrow, winding stairway of 10 steps without a railing. The gardens are accessible.
Staff members, in period dress, provide a history of the house and of 18th century life-Guided tours for visitors with hearing impairments can be arranged in advance. Reproductions of historic items are available for touching by visitors with visual impairments, 426-6851.
Arlington House, Robert E. Lee Memorial - Handicapped visitors may obtain a special permit at the Arlington National Cemetary Visitors Center and drive to the Arlington House, the antebellum home of the Custis and Lee families. Passengers may get off in the circular drive in back of the home. Entry to the house is through the conservatory. There is one step at the door and four more steps into the main floor of the house. Advance arrangement must be made for assistance over the steps, by calling (703) 557-3154. The second floor is reached by a long flight of steep, narrow stairs. The restroom stalls in an outside building are marble and are 23 inches wide. Accessible and equipped restrooms are available at the visitor center. Special tours, including the handling of artifacts, can be arranged for visitors with visual impairments. Appointments also can be made for sign language tours. The museum (with exhibits) is fully accessible at ground level.
U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial-Netherlands Carillon - This memorial, also known as the Iwo Jima Memorial, and the 49-bell carillon are in Arlington, off U.S. 50. The walks, memorials and lawn are fully accessible from the parking area. During the summer, evening color ceremonies feature the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps and the Silent Drill team. (703) 557-8991.
Theodore Roosevelt Island - This wooded, island nature sanctuary is off the George Washington Memorial Parkway, northbound from Roosevelt Bridge. The parking lot is unpaved and the temporary, loose-graveled causeway presents difficulties. A fully accessible pedestrian bridge is to be completed in October. The 2 1/2 miles of packed earth or wood-chipped foot trails are level, for the most part, but somewhat hilly and bumpy in the northern secion. Walks, conducted by interpreters, highlight the natural and historic features of the island.
Restrooms are one-quarter mile from the end of the causeway and the Roosevelt Memorial. The location, privacy walls, steps and dimensions of the current facilities present difficulties for visitors with mobility impairments. Plans are being considered to move the comfort stations to the mainland near the parking area. The new restrooms will be fully accessible and equipped for the handicapped. (202) 426-6922.