Grand Poitiers Tourist Office bears the " Tourism and disability " label for four types of handicap. Our mission is to be able to welcome and advise people about accessibility in the various places and facilities of interest in a clear and reliable way: accommodation, restaurants etc located in the urban community of Grand Poitiers, in order to adapt to the different disabilities (motor disability, visual or hearing impairment, mental handicap). Do not hesitate to contact us for further information.
The " Tourism and disability " label is a trademark registered at the INPI (national institute of industrial property). It was created in 2001 by the Ministr of Tourism. The " Tourism and disability " label fulfils the requirements of those with disabilities, assisting them in their choice of holiday and entertainment. The label provides an overview of the accomodation, restaurants, tourist sites and entertainment activities fulfiling the requirements of people with disability. A facility can be awarded the label for one or various disabilities, among the following: hearing impairment, motor disability, mental handicap, and visual impairment. It must be in accordance with a requirement specification and they must commit to respect it in a sustainable way. The labeled facilities are identified by the « Tourism & disability » logo, with pictograms representing the disabilities.
The Tourist Office of Grand Poitiers has been involved for several years in a process of accessibility of its premises and its services. It plays a role of communication on the various accessible sites and activities. It also has a role of sensitization of the partners for the setting in accessibility of their structures and their activities to the handicapped persons, any handicap confused (mental, auditory, visual, motor).
The renewal of the "Tourism and Handicap" mark with the 4 pictograms was awarded to the Tourist Office of Grand Poitiers November 26, 2021 for a period of 5 years. The staff is sensitized and trained in the "Tourism Handicap Stay Advisor Training".
In the heritage room of the Tourist OfficeA space has been set up so that visually impaired people can understand the architecture of the main buildings of Poitiers. One can find there :
For the mentally handicapped, touching the model also promotes proximity and understanding of the work and brings a playful dimension.
If you come to Poitiers by car, there are about 100 disabled parking spaces in the city centre’s covered parking, for easier access to shops, services and cultural facilities:
These car parks are payable.
The disabled spaces in the streets are free of charge if you have the French Mobility card. Here you can find a map to help you to locate disabled parking spaces GIG / GIC in Poitiers and the surrounding areas.
A guided tour can be organized on request for a person with a disability.
Throughout the year, the museum offers activities around the permanent collections: guided tours, lectures, documentary films, musical, theatrical and dance events, discovery tours for groups, sometimes combined with tours of the city's heritage, as well as school activities.
A wheelchair is available on request for visiting the Palace (located at the Palace reception).
Production of a video clip presenting the Maubergeon Tower broadcast in the
exhibition room "Les belles heures du Palais". This video allows you to contextualize the construction of the tower, and to get acquainted with this space, which is not accessible to PRM.
The city of Poitiers has been organizing for 8 years Les Accessifs, a festival of solidarity which invites to free animations around the handicap. A festival for all people, with or without disabilities. The Accessifs festival is a lot of entertainment to share and as many beautiful meetings to open up to the difference.
The visit begins in single file, the hand on the shoulder of the previous visitor. For about fifteen minutes and in groups of about ten people, visitors are led by a blind guide and discover the reality of his daily life in absolute darkness. Throughout the tour, the visitors concentrate on the consistency of the ground, the ambient odors, the different intensities of sounds they perceive. The nose sniffs, the ears stand up, the hands stretch out... Surrounded by auditory solicitations,
tactile, olfactory, each one gradually takes his bearings and opens to a multitude of details that inform him about his environment.
The Futuroscope has been awarded the national Tourism & Handicap label for hearing, mental and motor disabilities and offers an accessibility guide to the park.
Disabled and non-disabled people meet around sports activities during the free event S'Handi'férence which takes place every year!
Practical information : Organized by the Sports and Social Association of Disabled and Able-bodied Members - in the park of Saint-Cyr in Beaumont-Saint-Cyr - more info
Sensory stroll in the Parc de Blossac and the Jardin des Plantes:
To make the pleasure of a walk accessible to all, to discover and feel nature in all its dimensions, to rediscover one's 5 senses, such are the objectives of this animation. Blindfolded, let yourself be guided by our blind guide and embark on an original sensory adventure!
Smell the different species of trees, listen to the water, the sounds of ducks, parakeets and other birds, the wind that delicately rustles the leaves of the numerous species planted... Touch the statues installed to pay tribute to the Count of Blossac and the painter Léon Perrault from Poitiers, feel the bark of the trees at your fingertips or plunge your nose into the scents of bark and fresh grass! During 2 hours you will be listening to yourself and to the living beings that surround us.
Practical information : every Friday in July and August at 2:30 pm - itinerary of 2 hours or 2:30 am - walk open to all, adapted to children from 6 years old, maximum 15 people - prices : 5€ for children from 6 to 14 years old, 10€ for adults and from 15 years old - in collaboration with the service of the Green Spaces of Grand Poitiers and the association Armmelhisca