[Athen] Hotel, accessible sleeping rooms & the ADA

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Fri Jan 18 14:26:33 PST 2008


There is no such provision as a grandfather clause in the current ADA regulations. Public accommodations operating in older buildings (built prior to the ADA) that have not been modified or altered have a requirement to remove architectural barriers to people with disabilities. Post ADA alterations/ modifications must conform with the ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG).

The section of ADAAG that applies to hotels states that hotels and inns with 50 or more sleeping rooms or suites are to provide accessible rooms with roll- in shower conforming to the requirements at http://www.dbtac.vcu.edu/adaportal//Facility_Access/ADAAG/Special_Occupancies/ADAAG_9.html.

This is the standard to strive for in new construction however in older buildings it is the ideal level to attain.

There is a very good resource for assisting with both Federal and state ADA compliance (for those states with more restrictive laws). The Network of ADA Centers can be contacted at (800) 949-4232.

-----Original Message-----
From: Howard Kramer <Howard.Kramer at Colorado.EDU>
To: 'Access Technologists in Higher Education Network' <athen at athenpro.org>
Sent: Fri, 18 Jan 2008 12:29 pm
Subject: [Athen] Hotel, accessible sleeping rooms & the ADA

Hello All:


Here’s another question and it concerns the Millennium hotel which we use for Accessing Higher Ground conference. We’ve been looking over their accessible sleeping rooms. None of their rooms have roll-in showers, only grab bars and shower seats. According to the hotel, they’re ADA compliant because they were grandfathered on the basis of the building being more than 50 years old. I’ll check some other ADA resources on this but thought some of you might be knowledgeable about this.


Is anyone aware of this “grandfather” stipulation? It would seem that not having any roll-in shower rooms would be a significant barrier. Any feedback would be appreciated.






Howard Kramer
Assistive Technology Lab Coordinator
AT Conference Coordinator
Disability Services
CU-Boulder, 107 UCB
Boulder, Co  80309


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