National Access Awareness Week (NAAW) brings together voluntary organizations, business, labour, and governments to affect meaningful changes in the daily lives of persons with disabilities.
The objectives of NAAW are to:
- Assess the accessibility of services and facilities;
- Set measurable goals;
- Make practical improvements; and
- Celebrate achievements.
The Voice of Albertans with Disabilities (VAD) and the Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) recently completed a project to assess and improve accessibility in Alberta hotels. This project is supported by Alberta Municipal Affairs, the City of Edmonton, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, and the Alberta Human Rights Commission.
Best practices and actions to support accessibility development in the hotel industry have been identified and will be made available to all AHLA members.
The final report will include three tools to assist with assessing and improving accessibility:
- Templates on Best Practices for Accessible Hotel Rooms and Bathrooms
- A Guest Checklist to Assess Accessible Hotel Accommodations
- A Hotel Accessibility Self-Assessment Guide for hotels to examine key accessibility elements
Recommendations are currently being finalized. A working group will lead the collaborative approach to further accessibility in hotels and lodging in Alberta. Stay tuned for more information.