(Try to) Swim at Your Own Risk

The weather is getting warm and many Americans are beginning to plan their spring and summer vacations. For those Americans who have mobility impairments or use a wheelchair, the hotel or motel they choose plays a key role in where they end up staying. Even though we are decades removed from the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, there are still many hotels that are not accessible for those with physical disabilities.

One amenity offered by hotels that should soon always be accessible are swimming pools. Unfortunately, pressure from the hotel industry has delayed regulations issued by the Justice Department that would have required hotel operators to make their swimming pools accessible by installing lifts. For those with mobility impairments and the elderly, these lifts are key in making sure someone gets safely in and out of the pool and can enjoy the water like anyone else staying at the hotel.

Currently, due to this pressure from hotel lobbyists, the rules are now to go into effect on May 17, 2012 with the potential of having the compliance deadline extended even further to September 17, 2012. But that still doesn’t mean you or a family member should encounter an inaccessible hotel on your upcoming trip.

In addition to swimming pools, the attorneys of The Gowen Group are here to make sure these hotels and motels are accessible in the rooms, services, and goods they provide to you. Contact us today if you would like to talk to us further about making sure your upcoming vacation is an accessible one! In the meantime, we will keep watch for whether the regulations go into effect before or after vacation season.

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