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Accessibility/Alter-Abled

Assistance For Folks Who Are Alter-abled

Certain unavoidable conditions (dust, heat, crowds, uneven surfaces) make it unsafe for certain individuals. We will do our best to assist you with your particular situation.

If you are alter-abled, here’s how we can help . . .

4A – Alter-Abled Access Advocacy Crew

Alter-Abled Access Advocacy, also known as 4A, works to make the Fair accessible and enjoyable for everyone. 4A can be contacted at Dragon’s Head near the Main Gate or in their booth in Community Village (Fair Map). 4A crew members are also on duty in the parking lot, bus stop area and walking the paths of the Fair. Look for the 4A symbol on staff t-shirts.

4A monitors accessibility conditions during the Fair and helps to guide pre-Fair planning. If you have any concerns or suggestions about making the Fair more pleasant and safe for Alter-Abled people, please stop by either 4A booth or speak to a crew member.

4A Shaded Resting Spot

In Community Village, near the Growers Market Fruit Booth, 4A has a shaded resting spot which is also equipped with a clothes-changing area. Volunteers here can also assist with borrowing wheelchairs, canes or crutches.

Alter-Abled Parking

Folks who need handicapped parking must have a DMV placard on their vehicles. On-site parking is extremely limited. Please take advantage of FREE BUS SERVICE to and from Eugene.

Service Dogs

We welcome service animals. Under the ADA, a service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability.  The task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person’s disability. Emotional support, therapy, comfort, or companion animals are NOT considered service animals under the ADA and are not allowed on site at the fair. In addition, if a service animal is out of control and the handler does not take effective action to control it, staff may request that the animal be removed from the premises, in accordance with ADA rules and regulations. For more information on this, please visit: https://www.ada.gov/regs2010/service_animal_qa.html

Please be aware that fair staff may inquire about animals brought on site to the fair, in accordance with ADA rules and regulations. We offer service animals a laminate (tag) that allows other fair staff to readily identify that we have already talked with you about your service animal. These are available at the 4A Booth at the Dragon’s Head at the Fair entrance. Identification is not required, but you both will have a much better time if we can clearly see this is a service dog and no additional intervention is required.

The fair can be an overwhelming place even for some trained animals. We appreciate your patience as our staff provide you with extra information and services that will help you, and those without animals, to enjoy an exciting fair experience!

Sign Language

American Sign Language Interpreters assist performers at many of the entertainment stages throughout the day. A full schedule of interpreter services will be available in the Peach Pit.

Wheelchairs, Canes, and Crutches

At Dragon’s Head, the crew can lend out wheelchairs, canes and crutches. They don’t take advance reservations for these items. Distribution is on a first-come, first served basis. They also provide: information, pads, pencils and accessibility maps of the Fair.