As our name suggests, many of our earliest clients at Open Doors Organization (ODO) were restaurants and hotels. We continue to work closely with the Hospitality Industry, providing staff training and marketing advice as well as site inspections for ADA compliance. Our staff have audited hundreds of properties during the creation of our award-winning Easy Access guides. Many of these hotels and restaurants have subsequently become our clients, relying on our expertise as they plan and carry out renovations to improve accessibility.
Americans with disabilities make up a significant part of your customer base, as our research clearly shows. In the 2005 ODO Market Study, more than 50% of respondents ate out at least once a week. Unfortunately, 64% also reported that they encountered barriers in restaurants, most commonly lack of space between tables, difficult entry doors and steps.
In 2005, 52% of adults with disabilities (or 16.3 million people) had stayed in a hotel or motel over a two-year period, typically spending $76 per night. From 2002 to 2005, the average number of hotel stays actually increased 50%. But again, a majority (60%) reported barriers of some type—physical, customer service or communication–during their stay.
In many cases, we find that small physical changes can make a huge difference as can improvements in customer service. Feeling welcome and appreciated means a lot to people with disabilities who often find themselves treated as a problem rather than as a valued guest. Our expert staff, many of whom have disabilities themselves, can help you fine tune both your premises and your customer service skills.
On this Page:
- ODO Hospitality Services
- Complimentary CD – Assistive Devices for Hotels and Restaurants
- DBTAC Audio Conference Series
- Hospitality Resources
ODO Hospitality Services
- Staff training
- Video production
- Marketing strategies
- ADA compliance reviews
- Review of architectural plans
- Braille and large print menus
- Web accessibility analysis
Complimentary CD from Open Doors Organization – Assistive Devices for Hotels and Restaurants
As a service to the Hospitality Industry, Open Doors Organization has compiled a list of adaptive aids—from shower benches and step stools…to reachers and eating utensils…to pool lifts and adaptive exercise equipment. All the products listed are available via the Internet. Contact Open Doors Organization to request a copy of this complimentary CD.
DBTAC Audio Conference Series – Archived recording and transcript from May 18, 2010
Reservations Please: Ensuring Customer Service for People with Disabilities
Laurel Van Horn, Research Director, Open Doors Organization
Ron Pettit, Access Manager, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
Accessible Customer Service Practices for Hotel and Lodging Guests with Disabilities – ADA Business Connection, Department of Justice
ADA Checklist for Hotels and Motels: Ensuring Access to Services and Facilities by Customers Who Are Blind, Deaf-Blind, or Visually Impaired – American Federation of the Blind
Hospitality Initiative – Mid-Atlantic ADA Center
Test Your Knowledge: New ADA Regulations – American Hotel & Lodging Association
Creating an Accessible Web Presence for the Lodging Industry (Technology Primer) – American Hotel & Lodging Association
All Access Spa-ing – Article by Laurel Van Horn, Research Director, ODO on accommodating and reaching out to spa guests with disabilities
See also Business Resources