I am so not kidding this happened. We checked into a hotel and before accepting the key we were ensured that the room was WHEELCHAIR accessible. So then the clerk advises us to get back in the car and drive round the side of the building and enter at a door much closer to our room. Sounded like a good plan. I haul back in. Joe hauls the chair back in and we drive around.
We get to the other side and, first there is no disability parking, second there are stairs up to the door. We drive way back round to the front and park in the parking there. Go in the flat entry there. Arrive at our accessible room just fine.
I am so not kidding this happened too. On our last trip we stayed in a hotel that did not serve breakfast. We asked for a restaurant where we could get a bite in the morning. She directed us to a restaurant that she just loves the breakfasts at. I asked if there were stairs. She stopped. Thought. Said, I think there are but once you get in you'll be fine.
We drive over, out of morbid curiousity, and realize that 'once I get it' is simply not going to happen.
Once, I'm not sure I should write about, the pattern begins with two. So what part of accessibility training did they miss when they direct a guy in a wheelchair to a staired entrance. Is there any hope for disability training if those attending think we can just pop out of our chairs, climb up a set of stairs with our wheelchairs on our backs. Um, that's not disabled.
But, even so, the room itself was welcoming. Everything I need. This morning I'm going to have a brief and friendly chat with the clerk, just reminding her that the enterance we were sent to wasn't disability friendly - even though she tried to be.
These chats can go two ways 'Oh, my Gosh I can't believe I did that.' Or, 'how was I supposed to know you can't climb chairs?' One will end nicely, the other not.