Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Challenges at hotels

This is one of the more common questions that I get asked by friends and associates.  On the whole, I travel quite a bit and it varies from hotel to hotel.  What I will tell you is that within the last few years, stays at hotels for me have become more enjoyable.

 

There used to be a time when elevator buttons did not have Braille labels or that it was difficult to find a waiter who was willing to help with reading menus or assisting at buffet tables.  This has been changing over the last few years but there are still a few challenges for me to face. 

 

Finding the elevator is one challenge but if I learn my way as soon as I get to the hotel then it's okay and then locating my room after I get off the elevator or trying to find it after leaving my room. 

 

The challenges take place mainly in my room.  I have managed to master the physical dimensions and attributes of a hotel room as most of them are similarly laid out but the challenge comes when I need to know what is contained in those small bottles.  Yes, it is liquid but what exactly is it?  Is it hand lotion, shampoo, conditioner, or shower jell?  Then there is the good old TV and trying to figure how to work the remote; not too difficult at times but some times it is a bit of a challenge.  Then the hunt to find the electrical outlets so that I can plug in my phone, PDA, Computer, plus more.

A continuing work in progress and learning experience. 

 

I'm Donna J. Jodhan your friendly accessibility advocate wishing you a terrific day and urging you to go out and tell others how I navigate a hotel.  Visit www.nfb.org to learn more. 

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