Unprecedented Accessibility Plan Outlines Resources for People with Disabilities, Seniors and Individuals Who Need Specific Accommodations.

PHILADELPHIA, PA — In the lead up to Convention week, the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) today announced an unparalleled accessibility plan to make the Democratic Convention being held in Philadelphia from July 25th to July 28th the most inclusive and accessible in history. The DNCC’s Accessibility plan reaffirms the organization’s commitment to build upon the promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by removing barriers for all American’s with disabilities who wish to be involved in the Convention and engage in our nation’s political process.

“Our party has been at the helm of advancing the rights of people with disabilities for the last quarter century,” said DNCC CEO Rev. Leah Daughtry. “That is why our priority has been to make this a convention for all Americans, and we have worked tirelessly to ensure full equality for those with disabilities. As we celebrate the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we intend to make this Convention the most accessible convention in history.”

The DNCC has made accessibility an integral part of all aspects of Convention planning since its arrival in Philadelphia, from transportation and housing to designing the traffic flow at Convention events. In selecting official Convention venues, organizers chose sites that were ADA compliant and designed systems to accommodate all individuals including delegates and participants with specific needs. Last week, the DNCC also announced that Ted Jackson, a recognized leader in the disability rights community, was joining the organization to serve as a specialist in the Office of Public Engagement’s ADA & Community Engagement unit. Ted is helping create an accessible environment for people with disabilities and folks who need an accommodation at the 2016 Democratic National Convention

Convention Accommodations for Disabled Individuals

The DNCC has partnered up with the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) and the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board (VFTCB) to help enhance the convention experience and ensure that delegates and participants have an array of options to meet their needs during Convention week. For months, the DNCC has been developing our Accessibility Plan, which is inclusive of people with disabilities, seniors and individuals who need a reasonable accommodation.

  • Structural changes – e.g. ramps and seating – to the Convention center and Wells Fargo Center to ensure access for all.
  • Mobility support in the form of wheelchair check out, scooter rental, power chair charging stations and sighted guides.
  • Access to information by providing materials in alternate formats such as Braille, screen reader accessible electronic materials and large print.
  • Inclusive communication by providing live captions, American Sign Language and Assisted Listening Devices at both facilities and Audio Descriptions for convention hall proceedings plus an assistance request alert texting system.
  • Disability Services at both locations which include individualized assistance plus:
    • Personal Attendant Credentials (On Request In Advance)
    • Optical Character Recognition Systems
    • Guide Dog Relief
    • Tactile Map
    • Magnifiers
    • Reading and Scribe Assistance
    • ASL Interpreters
    • Reachers
    • Step Stools
    • Medicine Refrigeration
    • Masks for Chemical Sensitivity
    • Non-Stimulation Space
  • Ensuring all public facilities are accessible.
    • The DNCC has secured hotel rooms and event spaces for convention guests – delegates, the Democratic National Committee (DNC), campaign staff, elected officials, allied groups and members of the media – in compliance with the ADA to ensure equal access opportunities, communication and mobility for all.
  • Hotels are assigned to State Delegations based on the room block allocation for the Delegation, the function/caucus space needs, the number of suites and any ADA room requirements that are specific to each Delegation
    • There are 27 hotels, and 15,000 hotel rooms in the Airport, River to River and Valley Forge clusters that have been exclusively set aside for our state delegations participating in the convention.
  • Transportation: Daily transportation will be provided to the Wells Fargo Center and Pennsylvania Convention Center from all state delegation hotels. Each state delegation will receive ADA accommodations to ensure a safe and seamless shuttle service to and from convention-related proceedings, including Golf Cart transfers from the security entrance to the building entrance at the Wells Fargo Center.
  • Employing people with disabilities to be engaged at all levels of accessibility planning.

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