Marcy Carriker Smothers
ADA hotels multiple sclerosis travel

A Walk, Or A Roll, On The Other Side

On Saturday I spent the day with one of my special peeps. She’s funny, a great cook, a vintner, and she has multiple sclerosis.

We were discussing one of our favorite topics – travel – when she began her litany of grievances against hotels. Although ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990) has done a great job ensuring accessible rooms for the disabled, the establishments are apparently missing the mark on several fronts:

The accessible rooms are almost always by the elevator or the ice machine with views of the parking lot not the vista. Short shrift from the get go.

The modern beds may be chic, however they are often too high to get into easily. My pal has to request that the bed be lowered to an average height.

While the pillow top mattresses and down duvets are comfy, a person with limited mobility can easily feel trapped; it’s difficult to maneuver, turn or roll.

Swank bedside lamps may look good, but unless there is a switch handy on either side, the disabled guest may not be able to reach the length of the arm or extension cord to turn the light off and on. There goes relaxing with a good book.

Roll in showers are fabulous yet many times the hand rail is located in the back of the shower, not the side and front, making the bathing process arduous or impossible.

I was astonished by this list. That’s why I am sharing it on my blog.

I consider myself a fairly observant person, yet there are so many simple conveniences I have taken for granted as a hotel guest. My biggest complaint to date has been no in-room coffee.

Until now…

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    September 7, 2010 at 8:23 pm

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    September 7, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Yep I am the one who inspired Marcy to "think outside her box" as she usually does! I think alot of my frustrations could be shared by everyone if they need to focus on them. Who really enjoys a bed designed for "A Princess and the Pea" scenario. There are a lot of bad backs out ther…plus how many people stop reading at the same time when they are in a room together. Good flexible readinng lamps with dimmers would be perfect. Plus everyone enjoys a nice room!!

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