by Lisa Grimaldi | November 01, 2004

This checklist was adapted from Accessible Meetings and Conventions by Jane E. Jarrow, Ph.D., CAE, and Ciritta B. Park, CAE. Contact the Association on Higher Education and Disability, Waltham, Mass., (781) 788-0003; www.ahead.org.

GUEST ROOMS

  • How many available guest rooms have been adapted for people with disabilities?
  • Does the hotel have a space on its registration form where those with disabilities can cite their needs?
  • Are guest room numbers identified in braille?
  • Are room keys easy to handle?
  • Do guest rooms and bathrooms allow sufficient turning space for a wheelchair to move about?
  • Are there grab bars by the toilet and in the tub and shower?
  • Are shower benches or chairs available for use?
  • Is a telephone accessible from the bed?
  • Are amplified phones and/or TDDs (telecommunications devices for the deaf, allowing those with hearing impairments to use a standard phone) available in guest rooms?
  • Is a visual alert system available in guest rooms?
  • Are controls (lighting, room temperature) within reach of wheelchair users?
  • MEETING SPACE 

  • Are meeting room floors nonslip, level and independently negotiable by persons in wheelchairs? 
  • Are temporary ramps available for use with all raised podiums or head tables? 
  • Are flexible, adjustable microphones available?
  • Is the lighting nonglare and nonblinking? (Bright/blinking lights can trigger seizures in people with epilepsy.)
  • PUBLIC AREAS

  • Do restaurants have menus in braille and large print?
  • Is the restaurant staff able and willing to accommodate people with disabilities? 
  • Are all lounges (including tables, aisles, game rooms and dance floors) accessible?
  • PARKING 

  • Are parking spaces for persons with disabilities identified by the international access symbol? 
  • How many accessible parking spaces are there?
  • Are reserved spaces near entrances? 
  • Are sidewalks free of any abrupt surface-level changes between reserved parking areas and the facility entrance?
  • ENTRANCES, CORRIDORS AND STAIRS 

  • Are accessible routes between the parking or drop-off area clearly marked with the international access symbol?
  • Are doors easy to open?
  • Is an accessible door next to all revolving doors?
  • Are there handrails on both sides of all steps and staircases?
  • PUBLIC REST ROOMS 

  • Are accessible rest rooms for each gender clearly marked with the international access symbol? 
  • Is there space in front of the sink for a wheelchair?
  • Are there grab bars along the side and back of the toilet to ease wheelchair transfers?
  • ELEVATORS 

  • Are any floors not accessible by elevator? 
  • Are call buttons in lobbies and halls accessible to wheelchair users? Do they have braille floor designations? 
  • Are controls inside the elevator positioned 42 inches from the floor with braille designations?
  • EMERGENCY PROCEDURES 

  • Has the facility’s staff received instruction on the needs of people with disabilities, particularly in emergencies? 
  • Are emergency exit doors clearly marked?
  • Are all audible alarms accompanied by visual signals?
  • Notes: