People with disabilities love to travel; they love to experience new sights, sounds and places. Travel includes car, plane, train or boat, and it also includes accessible accommodations at hotels and motels.
This Richmond Disability Examiner was impressed with the Holiday Inn Express Brandermill. In my opinion, they exceeded my expectation of the ADA required regulations with their accommodations as well as their customer service staff and especially from Diann Pearson, General Manager.
The accessible accommodations included a spacious room on the first floor including a wheelchair accessible bathroom with a roll-in shower. These accommodations were PERFECT for my sister, Cathy Porter, Ms. Wheelchair MD 2007 and Sheila Whitaker, Ms. Senior Wheelchair MD 2013. With NO accommodation issues, the weekend was full of memorable moments.
The Holiday Inn Express Brandermill is the closest hotel to the River City Sportsplex in Midlothian, Va. and the just-opened Uptown Alley bowling and entertainment complex. They are also conveniently close to the Greater Richmond Athletic Partnership’s new Collegiate School Aquatics Center swimming pool, Metro Richmond Zoo and Sunday Park.
The ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) made great strides in improving hotel accommodations for people with disabilities. When a hotel or motel complies with the ADA regulations, they open the doors to people with disabilities to create memories.
The Americans with Disabilities Act ADA requires hotels, motels, inns and other places of lodging designed or constructed after January 26, 1993 to be usable by persons with disabilities. To meet this requirement, lodging facilities must comply with certain regulations published by the Justice Department. The regulations contain detailed architectural requirements called the ADA Standards for Accessible Design (Standards), 28 C.F.R. pt. 36, Appendix A. Each question in the survey describes a requirement contained in the regulations
The Standards are designed to ensure accessibility for individuals with a wide variety of different disabilities such as:
· persons who are blind or have low vision
· people who are deaf or hard of hearing
· persons with limited use of hands or arms
· individuals with mobility impairments who use canes, crutches, braces or walkers, persons who use wheelchairs, and people who have combinations of disabilities
Thus, the Standards include architectural requirements that address the different needs of persons with each of these types of disabilities. For example, the Standards include requirements for:
· braille and raised letter signs and cane-detectable warnings of safety hazards for persons who are blind or have low vision
· lodging facilities to install visual fire alarms and to have rooms that are equipped for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing
· door hardware, heating and air conditioning controls, and faucet controls that do not require tight pinching, twisting, or grasping for persons with limited use of hands or arms
· for persons who use mobility aids because they cannot walk or have problems walking or climbing stairs, the Standards require there to be ways of traveling throughout the facility that do not steps, stairs, or other abrupt level changes
· doors with 32 inches of clear passage width, ramps and curb cuts for persons who use wheelchairs, crutches, and other mobility aids
Lodging facilities must comply with all of the requirements in the Standards that are applicable. And, because a difference of inches or, in some cases, a difference of a fraction of an inch can pose a serious safety hazard or result in the denial of access for persons with disabilities, full compliance with the Standards is essential.
Hotels and motels that abide by the ADA regulations for people with disabilities OPEN doors to memorable moments. And in my opinion, the Holiday Inn Express Brandermill welcomes people with disabilities to enjoy their accessible accommodations.
For more information:
ADA Checklist for New Lodging Facilities
Holiday Inn Express Brandermill
5030 West Village Green Drive
Midlothian, VA 23112
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