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Hotel Accessibility for Deaf Guests

Hotel room with a bed and a window in background and a table with glasses in foreground

According to the Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), hotels, motels, inns, and other places of lodging are responsible for making their facilities accessible to individuals with disabilities. Not only they need to make their lodgings accessible, but also their websites and communications between staff members and their guests with disabilities.

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When we think about people with mobility difficulties getting around the buildings that are not accessible without elevators or wide doorways, many do not realize that traditional buildings are not accessible in some ways to deaf and hard of hearing people, too. The concept of deaf-friendly environments is called DeafSpace which guidelines include “the five major touch points between deaf experiences and the built environment: space and proximity, sensory reach, mobility and proximity, light and color, and finally acoustics”. They were developed by Hansel Bauman, a director of campus planning and design at Gallaudet and an architect with HBHM Architects.

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