Volume VI  Number 3                         March 2011

The 2010 Accessibility Standards modified the provisions for transient lodging.  The changes did not only occurr in the technical standards, but also in the Department of Justice requirements for hotels and other transient lodging facilities. 

The Department of Justice added:

The 2010 Standards are comprised of the 2004 ADAAG and the Department of Justice's additonal requirements. The DOJ added scoping requirements to the standards for transient lodging.  The definition of transient lodging is a place of lodging with more than five rooms and where stays less than 30 days (generally), and where the guest or user will not get their same room once they return.


The DOJ also defines transient lodging for facilities that have similar amenities as a hotel, such as the ability to make reservations and housekeeping service.  A Timeshare would be an example of a facility that is not a hotel, but if used like one then it could be considered a transient lodging. 




The DOJ included additonal scoping to the definition of transient lodging beyond just hotels. The additional scoping includes:


1) Housing at a place of education are considered transient lodging.  Examples of this are dorm rooms at a university.  

2) Social service center establishments like group homes, halfway houses, shelters, or similar social service center establishments.

3) Timeshares and condos are required to comply if if they are used like hotels and the owners are the operator of the facility.

Additionally, reservations made by places of lodging must be the same for disabled patrons as they are for able bodied guests.  Reservations must be protected from double booking or being released to non-disabled patrons.


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Changes to the Technical requirements for Transient lodging

In the 2010 Standards, the section specific to Transient Lodging are 224 for scoping and 806 for the technical requirements. Below are a few of the changes to the technical requirements.


1) Entrances, doors, and doorways leading into and within guest rooms that are not required to provide mobility features must be made wide enough for disabled guests to enter. 


2) New tables were added explaining more accurately how many accessible rooms, amenities and features are required.


3) Guest rooms required to provide mobility features and guest rooms required to provide communication features need to be dispersed among rooms. Only 10% are allowed to be combined with both mobility and communication features.


4) Within the unit the living, dining areas, exterior spaces, sleeping areas and toilet and bathing facilities should be accessible. If a vanity in the restroom is provided in the non-mobility room, then a vanity should also be provided in the mobility room.



5) Visible notification devices shall be provided to alert room occupants of incoming telephone calls and a door knock or bell. 



Accessible Cruises



Even though cruise lines are not bound by the ADA since they are on international waters, they would be considered transient lodging (albeit a floating one).  Many cruise lines  recognize the need to accommodate their disabled patrons and have made provisions within their vessels.  Some cruise lines even have disabled cruises so that even their destinations are disabled friendly. 


In a story by the Dallas Morning News, cruise ships were reported with people using canes, walkers, wheelchairs or powered scooters, showing up at meals, playing at the casino, at poolside,and at the shows. It was clear from the reaction of the crew that caring for the mobility-impaired has become standard procedure.







Remeber that March 15, 2011 is when the new Standards become effective.  They will be mandatory on March 15, 2012.
If you want to learn more about the new Standards, The ADA Companion Guide has the 2004 Guidelines with commentary and explanations throughout.

Upcoming CEU opportunities:

March 31 crestEXPO at the Irving Convention Center in Irving Texas. For Commercial Realtors, Building Owners, Architects, builders, interior designers.

 If you have any questions about these or any other topics, please feel free to contact me anytime.  

Marcela Abadi Rhoads, RAS #240
Abadi Accessibility
214. 403.8714