What an interesting experience.
I just checked into a hotel and was surprised to see, firstly, that they had an electronic desk that lowered so that I could sign in easily. OK, good start. Then, for the first time ever they had a form for me to fill out indicating what help I would need in an emergency. There were questions regarding how I needed to be informed of an emergency - differing options for people who needed alternative communication strategies. There were questions as to the best way to assist me and a place for me to fill in any other needs I might have in an emergency. I should also note that there was the option to sign off refusing to answer these questions.
Now, the room is on the first floor, Joe is with me, I have no concerns. But it doesn't matter, I was asked, the information on file. I told them that this was the first time in all the hotels I'd stayed in that I'd been asked these questions. They told me that they've only been doing it for two weeks. Apparently they had been reviewed by a health and safety person who had placed an emphasis on safety for disabled travellers. So, now they have this approach to ensure that they an individualize the emergency procedure.
I was really, really, pleased to see this approach. I've written here before, and in other venues, about the safety of people with disabilities in hotels and multilevel buildings. It was wonderful to see someone taking it seriously and doing something about it.
I've been sleeping well on this trip.
Tonight, I'll also be sleeping safely.