Monday, November 28, 2011

Ides of March:Good News for Disabled Travelers for Hotel Rooms

From PVA Magazine, December 2011

The Department of Justice published revised final regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for title II (state and local government services) and title III (public accommodations and commerical facilities) on September 15, 2010, in the Federal Register.  These requirements, or rules, clarify and refine issues that have arisen over the past 20 years and contain new, and updated, requirements. 

March 12, 2012, is the compliance date for provisions governing hotel reservation policies.  For example, on or after that date, reservations staff (of a hotel or third party) must identify accessible features in guest rooms (e.g. door width and availability of roll-in showers) and other hotel amenities in sufficient detail so a person with a disability can make an independent assessment of whether the hotel meets his or her accessibility needs. 

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