of this Web Page:
Historic downtown La Crosse, WI is a beautiful area with a
lot to offer. There are a lot of activities to do in downtown.
There are numerous Bar and grills to eat at, terrific hotels, movie
theaters, as well as riverside park on
the Mississippi River. Also, the Oktoberfest and Riverfest grounds
are located in downtown La Crosse. Unfortunately, some of these
activities may not accommodate those with disabilities very well.
This website was designed by Mike Herlihy and Josh Lehrkamp, who are physical therapy students at University
of Wisconsin La
Crosse as a resource for disabled individuals that want to
experience downtown La Crosse but do not know what establishments are
This website ranks Hotels, Restaurants, bars, and other attractions
in the downtown La Crosse area in terms of accessibility for disabled
What we did:
We went out to downtown La Crosse businesses and took various
measurements around the interior of the buildings and asked the staff questions about
their businesses' ability to accommodate disabled patrons. We then
used this information to compile a brief overview of theses places.
We based our decisions upon accepted values from the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA) for each of the measurements
we took. Here are the following links we used to compare our findings
with what would be considered acceptable for these businesses to be
considered handicap accessible:
Follow the navigation bar on the left of the page to see how to break
down these restaurants in terms of entrances, seating, bathrooms, as
well as any other general comments we found would help you in deciding
whether or not to visit these establishments
Ranking hotels and restaurants
After comparing our measurements to the
guidelines above, we then ranked these establishments using a 4
Star Rating Scale:
- 4 stars were given to businesses that we feel
provide optimal accessibility for people with disabilities
- 3 stars were given to businesses that we feel
are very accessible to people with disabilities but may give a few
difficulties to people.
- A 2 star rating was given to business that we
feel are “average”. Their businesses are accessible but could
benefit from a few improvements.
- A one star rating was given to businesses that
we feel need major improvements. These businesses lack a majority
of the features that would allow them to be accessible to disabled
- Zero stars were given to a business if we felt
that business was not accessible to people with disabilities.