AHLA will meet with ADAPT and other groups to comply with the ADA.
(COLORADO SPRINGS, August 30, 2012) Colorado ADAPT crashed the Hotel lobbyists Broadmoor Classic fundraiser to demand that the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AH&LA) stop its campaign to ignore and delay compliance with the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act. ADAPT activists in Colorado built on the work of activists across America this summer to finally bring the Hotel Lobby group to the table.
Colorado ADAPT set up an alternative “ADAPT Classic 2012” miniature golf tournament in front of the Broadmoor entrance on adjacent public property. Although the police were called, the Colorado Springs officer did not have any reason to stay because at the time ADAPT was not breaking the law in any way. The Broadmoor security however was intimidated by the constant chanting and street theater at the entrance to the exclusive resort.
“The action was awesome,” said Keith Percy of Boulder ADAPT. “The AHLA ultimately responded because we said we are not leaving until we get something concrete and something in writing. When you are on the right side of history you have more perseverance and confidence in yourself. When it is a Civil Rights issue you know the subject is bigger than you are.”
Colorado ADAPT negotiated with AHLA President and CEO Josheph McIneriney through the exclusive club’s security service to come to an agreement. The Hotel Lobbyist offered a meeting on September 11th with VP for government affairs, Kevin Maher, to precede a meeting with McIneriney. The AHLA letter states that they will discuss compliance will all aspects of the ADA including pool access that has been troubling many people with disabilities and other disability rights groups.
The U.S. Department of Justice issued a proposed rule that would require hotels with pools and other public pools to provide lifts or sloped entries to make them accessible to people who use wheelchairs or have other mobility disabilities. The rule was set to go into effect on March 15, 2012, giving these pool owners two years to install pool lifts. Instead of investing their resources in accommodating customers with disabilities, the Hotel lobby is raising money at the Broadmoor Classic to continue their campaign of legal delay and civil-rights sabotage.
“Thank you for talking with me about setting up a meeting to discuss the ADA pool lift concerns,” said Kevin Maher, the Senior Vice President for Governmental Affairs for the AHLA in a written response to Colorado ADAPT. “I am particularly interested to hear about resources you mentioned that your organization may have to help the lodging industry comply with all ADA regulations.”