The U.S. Justice Department announced that George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon will undergo improvements to help people with disabilities with accessible walkways, closed captioning for films and sign language and audio tours in the mansion and on the grounds.
The Justice department reached agreement on the upgrades with the Mount Vernon Ladies Association. Plans call for a shallower entry ramp and modifications on the route to the ground floor of the historic mansion. There will be an accessible walk to a landing at the entrance for the shops, food court and Mount Vernon Inn. Controls of interactive exhibits will be modified so they can be used by visitors with physical disabilities.