Thursday, August 28, 2014

The challenges of accessing wireless at hotels

As a regular traveler I can honestly tell you that in the general scheme of things, when it comes to how staff at the reception desk deals with me as a blind person whenever I ask for access to their network, it is indeed a mixed bag.

It is generally assumed that whenever one stays as a guest at most hotels these days here in North America, wireless access is a given. All well and good but when you throw in the variable of a blind person who needs access, for some odd reason everything seems to become a wee bit confusing. Then you add the variable of staff not quite knowing how to give you that access because their first language is not English and bingo! Time to unpack your patience.

This is what happened to me a few months ago when I stayed at a hotel here in Toronto. First there was the language barrier. Then came the staff at the reception desk who got all turned around because my iPhone was speaking! After much explanation she finally got it. It was amazing to see how confused she became when she heard the voice and then I had to really egg her on to help me.

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