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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 1996 (202) 616-2765
TDD (202) 514-1888
COMFORT INN HOTEL NEAR DISNEY WORLD WILL BECOME ACCESSIBLE TO
PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES UNDER JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AGREEMENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Business travelers and vacationers with
disabilities will have full access to the facilities at a Comfort
Inn hotel near Walt Disney World, under an agreement reached
today with the Justice Department.
According to the agreement, the Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Comfort Inn will ensure that all of its amenities and a portion
of its guest rooms are fully accessible to people with
disabilities. The hotel is one of the nation's largest Comfort
Inns with 640 guest rooms, a restaurant, and two swimming pools.
Many Disney World tourists stay there.
"Travelers with disabilities should be as welcome at our
nation's hotels as anyone else," said Deval L. Patrick, Assistant
Attorney General for Civil Rights. "We hope that other hotels
will follow in the footsteps of Comfort Inn to provide equal
services to people with disabilities."
The settlement resolves a complaint filed by a couple who
alleged that the hotel violated the Americans with Disabilities
Act (ADA). The couple, both of whom use wheelchairs, had to
cancel reservations at the hotel because it did not have any
Title III of the ADA prohibits private businesses, such as
hotels, from denying goods and services to people with
disabilities. Following the enactment of the law on January 26,
1992, businesses were required to make their facilities
accessible where readily achievable.
The Department also announced an ADA agreement today with
the Courtyard by Marriott hotel chain, which has agreed to ensure
that reservations for accessible rooms will be honored at all
Courtyard by Marriott hotels.
People who would like to find out more about the ADA or
would like to obtain copies of today's agreement can call the
Justice Department's toll-free ADA Information Line at (800) 514-0301 or (800) 514-0383 TDD. The Department's ADA home page can
be accessed through the internet at http://www.usdoj.gov/
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- Under the agreement, by December 1, 1996, the hotel will:
ensure that 19 guest rooms are fully accessible to
people who use wheelchairs and people with hearing
impairments. Six of these have roll-in showers, and 13
additional rooms have phones and alarms that are
accessible for people who are deaf or hard of hearing;
modify recently added accessible guest rooms so that
guests who use wheelchairs can maneuver in the
bathrooms, use door handles and be protected from
exposed water pipes;
ensure that parking lots, the lobby, lobby restrooms
and other common use areas are accessible;
lower drinking fountains;
ensure that each elevator bank has one accessible
make lifts available to enable individuals with
mobility impairments to use the swimming pools.