Posted by: outandequal | August 23, 2011

Creating Accessibility at the Workplace Summit

Out & Equal wants to assure that everyone is safe and comfortable at the Workplace Summit. If at any time you, or someone around you, needs assistance, please look for an Out & Equal staff member or visit the Registration Booth.

When offering assistance to someone who may need it, first ask, “may I help you?” This lets the person know you are willing to assist when necessary, but it also indicates your confidence in his or her ability to act independently. When speaking with someone using an interpreter, address the person you are speaking with, not the interpreter. Please remember when encountering someone using a service or guide dog, do not pet or interact with the animal; they are working.

Seats have been set aside for people with varying disabilities. Please be prepared to move chairs or to make room for people using wheelchairs. Keep aisles clear, and hold inaccessible doors open for those who may need assistance.

Hilton Anatole Services for Guests with Disabilities
Equipment available for Hearing Impaired Guests is available from the Telecomm/PBX Department and can be requested at check in.

•             Door Knock and Flashlight Combo
•             Telephone Signaler
•             Alarm Clock with Bed Shaker
•             Telephone Amplifier
•             TDD/TTY with Printer

Meeting room signage includes Braille for Vision Impaired Guests

The hotel has 28 accessible rooms for mobility impaired guests.
•             Accessible rooms include either roll-in shower or shower/tub combination and stools.
•             Bathrooms with roll-in showers and shower/tub combination have guardrails
•             Peep holes, closet rack and light switches are easily accessible
•             Toilet seat risers are based on availability
•             Ramps are located between Atrium II and Tower, Chantilly Foyer and Wedgewood for mobility access.
•             Pool lifts are located in pool areas.

There are 32 accessible parking spaces and 5 van accessible parking spaces.

Sign language interpreters will be present at the plenary events. If you or a fellow attendee is in need of an interpreter at any of our workshops, please email

Out & Equal is committed to creating a positive, safe, and comfortable space for all of our Summit guests and participants. If you have any questions or concerns during your time at the summit, please find an Out & Equal staff member for assistance, or visit the Registration area and ask to speak with a staff member.



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