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From the Annual Meeting column of the October 2001 Perspectives

Make Your Arrangements Now to Attend the 2002 Annual Meeting

Sharon K. Tune, October 2001

To facilitate hotel reservations and participation in the annual meeting for those who need physical, sight, or hearing accessibility, the following information is provided. The hotel selected should be informed about special needs when the reservation is made.

Hilton San Francisco

Entrances: The hotel is accessible and in complete compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations and guidelines. The hotel has three accessible entrances: the main entrance on O'Farrell Street which has a ramp and automatic door; Mason Street entrance, across the street from the Parc 55 and Nikko; and the garage entrance on Ellis Street.

Lobby: The lobby has marble flooring and low-pile carpeting. Upon request, guest service agents will greet wheelchair guests on the front desk lobby side to assist in the check-in process. If needed, hotel security can acquaint guests with the hotel via a walk-through.

Parking: Accessible parking spaces are available. However, vans over a certain height may not fit on certain floors due to low ceiling heights.

Elevators: Control panels in all elevators are marked with Braille floor indicators.

Restrooms: Restrooms on the lobby level are accessible for wheelchairs and scooters. Women's restrooms on the ballroom level are difficult for individuals using scooters.

Guest rooms: The hotel has 28 guest rooms for wheelchair accessibility and 7 have roll-in showers. Wheelchair lifts are also available where physically possible. Available upon request: TDD phones, close caption capability for television signals, door and phone notification devices, volume control phones, and visual emergency indicators. The hotel also has guest rooms with signs in Braille.

Meeting rooms: All meeting rooms are accessible by elevator. Assisted listening devices and ramps/lifts are available.

Telecommunications: The hotel has lowered phone booths in public spaces. All guest rooms are equipped with data port access.

Restaurants: All food and beverage outlets can be reached by elevator: Cityscape on the forty-sixth floor, the Café on the main lobby level, the Daily Cup on the main lobby Mason Street, Intermezzo on the lobby level, and the Lobby Bar on the main level. Kiku of Tokyo is also accessible at the O'Farrell and Mason Streets entrance.

Renaissance Parc 55 Hotel

Entrances: The hotel is accessible and in complete compliance with the ADA regulations and guidelines. There is an automatic door at the entrance near garage.

Lobby: The lobby and public areas offer low-pile carpeting in addition to marble floors and are accessible. The front desk and concierge desk areas have been modified to be in compliance.

Parking: Valet parking is available. Accessible parking spaces are available adjacent to the accessible main entrance for vehicles that cannot be operated by the valet staff.

Elevators: The seven guest elevators are wheelchair accessible and feature audible and visual car arrival signals and Braille numerals by each control button and on each elevator entry/exit point on all floors.

Restrooms: The public restrooms available on all meeting room floors are accessible. Women's restrooms on the fourth floor will be difficult for someone in a scooter.

Guest rooms: The hotel has 25 king guest rooms and 5 king suites designed for persons with accessibility requirements; 13 have roll-in showers. This hotel is not recommended for individuals using power chairs or scooters. Four rooms are modified for the hearing impaired. All accessible rooms contain visual smoke/fire alarms, visual doorbells, and accessible showers or tubs. Portable TDD devices are available for use in any guest room.

Meeting Rooms: All meeting room floors are accessible by elevator and escalator.

Telecommunications: TDD equipped public telephones are available on every meeting room floor and lobby level. All guest room telephones are equipped with data port access.

Restaurants: The Veranda and Barley & Hops restaurants are located on the second floor and are accessible by elevator or escalator. Braille menus are available.

Westin St. Francis Hotel

Entrances: The hotel's carriage entrance and the side entrance on Geary Street are accessible and in compliance with ADA regulations.

Lobby: The lobby has marble flooring and low-pile carpeting in some areas. The concierge desk and the registration area are wheelchair accessible.

Parking: Valet parking only is available at the carriage entrance on Geary. Four parking spaces are reserved in the garage for vehicles with ADA designation.

Elevators: All hotel elevators have control panels marked in Braille right below the floor number, and they are also lowered to accommodate wheelchair guests.

Restrooms: Accessible restrooms are available for men and women on all meeting space levels.

Guest rooms: The hotel has 17 king, 7 double/double, and 8 queen room accommodations designated for persons with accessibility requirements. It has 10 rooms with roll-in showers. All ADA rooms are equipped with flashing lights for the hearing impaired and vibrating beds for the sight impaired. Available on request are TDD devices and doorbells.

Meeting Rooms: The meeting rooms are located on the mezzanine and the second level and are wheelchair accessible, except for the Borgia Room. For guests staying in the Tower Building, the mezzanine level can be accessed by going to the lobby and taking the main building elevator.

Telecommunications: The hotel has lowered phone booths in public spaces. All guest rooms are equipped with data port access.

Restaurants: The Compass Rose and the Oakroom on the lobby level are both accessible. The Compass Rose, an elevated room, has a handicapped lift to accommodate wheelchair guests.

Hotel Nikko San Francisco

Entrances: The hotel's Mason Street entrance is accessible and in compliance with ADA regulations and guidelines.

Lobby: The lobby area has marble floors and low-pile carpeting. The concierge desk is wheelchair accessible.

Parking: Full valet parking services are available, the hotel has one accessible entrance from the valet parking entrance.

Elevators: All levels of the hotel are connected by elevators. All elevators are wheelchair accessible and feature audible and visual car arrival signals. Control panels in all elevators are marked in Braille by each floor button.

Restrooms: Accessible restrooms are available for men and women on all meeting room levels, lobby and floors 2, 3, and 25.

Guest rooms: The hotel has 15 rooms designated for persons with accessibility requirements. TDD devices, hearing impaired equipment, and shower chairs are available upon request.

Meeting rooms: All meeting rooms on the lobby and floors 2, 3, and 25 are accessible by elevator. All rooms have door entrances at least 32 inches wide.

Telecommunications: The hotel has lowered phone booths in public spaces. All guest rooms are equipped with data port access.

Restaurants: ANZU is located on the hotel's second floor and is accessible. The Sushi bar on the second level has a five-foot regulated accessible dining and drinking space to accommodate wheelchair seating.