Tell the hotel associations to stop trying to weaken the ADA!


In 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a proposed rule that would require hotels with pools and other pools open to the public to provide lifts or sloped entries to make the pools accessible to people who use wheelchairs or have other mobility disabilities.  The rule was set to go into effect on March 15, 2012, giving these pool owners two years to install pool lifts.  Instead of urging their members to comply with the rules and provide access, the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AH&LA) and the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) launched a campaign to overturn the access requirement and weaken the ADA.

The hotel industry has used many excuses to avoid installing pool lifts, including:

* Installing pool lifts are too expensive;

* Fixed pool lifts are unsafe for other guests and their children;

* People with disabilities don’t go to hotels; and

* People with disabilities will make pools unsanitary.

They said actually we’d poop in their pools!  Seriously.

The Disability Community has attempted to work with these hotel associations to resolve this issue, but the hotel associations have made it clear that they will keep fighting the requirement to install fixed pool lifts.

This attack on the ADA isn’t just an assault on our right to access pools.  It lays the groundwork for other groups to seek exemptions from making their programs, services and facilities accessible.  This is an attack on the entire Disability Community.  Ultimately, we could not just lose our access rights, but other rights under the ADA, including our right to live in the most integrated setting as affirmed by the Olmstead decision.

TAKE ACTION NOW so that the hotel industry, including the AH&LA and the AAHOA, understands we won’t let them continue to discriminate against people with disabilities and will not let them weaken our civil rights protections!

Author: disabledaccessdenied

I am a disabled woman who through no fault of my own has wheels under my ass. I rely on the decency and common sense of local, state and federal goverments, as well as the retail community to abide by the disabled access laws and provide adequate ramps, disabled toilets, and not use them as store rooms or broom closets. This blog exists to find the offenders and out them, inform them, and report them if necessary and shame them into doing the right thing when all else fails.

4 thoughts on “Tell the hotel associations to stop trying to weaken the ADA!”

    1. what part is how they learn ? saying there but for the grace of god go i is passing it off as good luch to you we must not be complacent as you age karen one slip and that could be you if you will sign a petition for leopards in india consider starting one for the disabled?

      1. Put in the *** %%%% ramps and or lifts! I like to swim but I must use my wheelchair.

      2. I am permanantly in a wheelchair and i swim 2 miles a day at flushing meadow park rec center in queens newyork the management are tossers but the pool staff are amazing and they have a pool lift the life guards give me my own lane

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