Persons with disabilities are invited to attend ADA Teleconference: Tips and tools for the hospitality industry

WHAT: With the clock ticking for hotels to have information about their accessibility posted on their websites, the National Network of ADA Centers Hospitality Initiative and the BluePath Project are teaming up to discuss ways the hospitality industry can market themselves to the largest growing consumer group in the United States.

The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center, together with the National Network of ADA Centers, launched an initiative to promote accessibility and opportunity for people with disabilities within the hospitality industry. The BluePath project is a project of the Northwest ADA Center designed to market accessible hotels and business's to the community of people with disabilities. This audio conference will discuss tools needed to help hotels access their accessible features, and then take advantage of their efforts to identify and remove barriers by promoting themselves to travelers with disabilities and the "boomers" generation. Discussion points will include ways for determining the usability of work out rooms, swimming pools, and recreation elements within a hotel, using a checklist designed specifically for the hospitality industry and taking that information and marketing the accessible features to the boomer generation and the community of people with disabilities.

Speakers will include Marian Vessels, director at the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center, Sara Woody, BluePath coordinator at Northwest ADA Center and Don Brandon, director at Northwest ADA Center.
WHERE: Tuesday, September 20 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Disability Empowerment Center
5025 E. Washington St.

COST: None.

INFO: To RSVP, Call Pam Geer, 602-296-0536.
ADA Teleconference presented by Pacific Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center (PDBTAC).

BACKGROUND: ABIL advocates personal responsibility - by, and for, people with disabilities - as a means to independence. To help consumers achieve self-sufficiency, ABIL offers comprehensive programs including independent living skills instruction; information and referral; peer support; advocacy; home modification; ADA training and counsel; outreach to rehab centers & early intervention for newly disabled individuals; reintegration from nursing homes; employment services; Social Security work incentives; empowering youth in transition; personal assistant services and social recreational programs.