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20 Questions to Ask About Accessibility When Choosing Where to Travel

I have been the owner and operator of a bed and breakfast and restaurant for over 17 years. In that time I have received every possible permutation of accessibility question you can conceive of. Whatever your specific needs are, always ask the restaurant or hotel/bed and breakfast if they are able to accommodate you. For the most part, you will find that you aren’t the first person to ask and that the facility will generally do everything they can to accommodate your needs to the best of their abilities.

Please note: While historic properties are not exempt from the ADA, depending upon the age, cost, and degree to which a historic property may need to be reconstructed, some facilities may not be able to meet all of the requirements to become fully ADA accessible and are granted a waiver as such.

Here is a comprehensive list of accessibility questions you can and should ask about before you travel:

1. Is there accessible parking near an accessible entrance that’s specifically designated as such, and if so, where on the property is it located?

2. Are there elevators to the upper floors or any rooms or suites on the first floor?

3. Do any of the rooms/suites have low entry roll-in showers with safety rails and seats?

4. Are shuttle services available to and from the airport or train station locally, and if so, are they equipped with ramps or lifts? How close is the hotel/bed and breakfast to accessible transportation and/or local tourist attractions?

5. If there is a pool on premises, is it equipped with a hydraulic lift?

6. Is the property pet-friendly? Service dogs are legally allowed anywhere but emotional support animals may or may not be. Even a property that lists itself as not pet-friendly may make accommodations for

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I have been the owner and operator of a bed and breakfast and restaurant for over 17 years. In that time I have received every possible permutation of accessibility question you can conceive of. Whatever your specific needs are, always ask the restaurant or hotel/bed and breakfast if they are able to accommodate you. For the most part, you will find that you aren’t the first person to ask and that the facility will generally do everything they can to accommodate your needs to the best of their abilities.
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