Convention Center and Hotels

All meeting locations have accessible lobbies; several have autoslide doors. Thresholds and doormats are in compliance with American with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations and door-service personnel are available at most properties. Lobbies have marble floors and/or low-pile carpeting. Elevators connect all levels of each property. Each elevator has a wheelchair-accessible keypad, Braille numerals beside each control button, and audible direction. Restrooms in lobbies and on meeting room floors are wheelchair accessible and have tactile signage.

All hotels have accessible registration desks or provide clipboards to guests to complete registration documentation. All hotels have accessible guest rooms. The number of such rooms at each property is noted in the listing below. Among other amenities, these rooms feature wheelchair-accessible doors, lever/lever door handles, security peepholes, ample room space, grab bars in restrooms, low sinks with insulated pipes, accessible towel racks, and accessible mirrors. The following auxiliary aids are available at most properties: flashing fire alarm, doorbell, and telephone; vibrating alarm clock; closed-caption decoders; Braille signage; and TDD telephones.


Colorado Convention Center

All areas of the facility are wheelchair accessible. Electronic doors are located at all main lobby entrances. Three TTY phones are located throughout the facility. These telephones adhere to ADA code height requirements. All elevators are equipped with Braille signage. Additionally, restrooms and drinking fountains are ADA accessible. Attendees needing assistance with accessibility should speak to a Guest Services representative in the Atrium.

Parking: Parking is available at 19 designated ADA spaces, with more available upon request. The spaces, curb cuts, and garage accommodate vehicles with 96″ and 156″ clearance needs.
Meeting Rooms: All levels of the Convention Center are accessible by elevator.
Restaurants: All dining areas meet ADA requirements and staff are willing and able to make reasonable accommodations for guests’ needs.
Other amenities: The convention center is a large building and distances between locations can be considerable. The AHA will add seating areas outside the Mile High Ballroom and in the C Lobby near the Exhibit Hall. There is also seating available in the café space on the meeting room level.
Golf cart service: Complimentary golf cart service will run between the AHA Information Desk in the A Atrium and the elevators up to the Exhibit Hall in C Lobby during the following hours: Thursday, January 5 from 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; Friday, January 6 and Saturday, January 7 from 8 a.m.–6 p.m.; and Sunday, January 8, from 8 a.m.–1 p.m.

Hyatt Regency Denver

Parking: ADA guests can either self-park or valet. If they wish to self-park there are a total of 22 disability stalls between all 3 levels of the garage. All disability stalls are located right next to the elevators that bring you directly to the lobby. The garage clearance is 6’10”; there is a height bar at the garage entrance. Valet parking staff can accommodate a limited number of larger vehicles.
Guest rooms: The hotel has 52 ADA-approved accessible rooms with roll-in showers or standard tubs with grab bars. Other accommodations in accessible rooms include: low bed on frame, entry light flashes from doorbell, lower shelves in closet, and fire emergency strobe light.
Meeting Rooms: All meeting rooms on the 3rd and 4th floor are accessible. There are fully accessible elevators between all meeting rooms and floors.
Restaurants: Our restaurant, Altitude, is located on our lobby level and is fully accessible, as well as our lobby bar, Strata, and Peaks Lounge on the 27th floor.

Sheraton Denver Downtown

Parking: There are accessible parking spots in the parking garage for guests who wish self-park. Valet parking can accept larger vehicles.
Guest rooms: 57 total ADA-approved accessible rooms (15 king and 42 double queen). All king rooms are in the Tower Building and all the double queen rooms are in the Plaza Building. All accessible rooms have roll-in showers.
Meeting rooms: All the meeting rooms are fully accessible.
Restaurants: All of the hotel outlets are ADA compliant, including the Yard House.
Other amenities: There is a drop down section at the check-in counter. There is an indoor accessible route provided between the towers, via elevator off the lobby near the bell stand. Take the elevator to the Concourse Level and follow signage to the Tower Elevators. Guest may also cross from building to building via street crossing at the ground level.

Grand Hyatt Denver

Parking: Valet parking is located in the covered garage adjoining the hotel. For guests with oversized vehicles, please note the height clearance of the garage is 6’9″.
Guest rooms: 18 ADA rooms with roll in showers/tubs and 26 hearing impaired rooms with flashing door bells.
Meeting Rooms: All meeting rooms and guest rooms are ADA accessible with the use of the elevators.
Restaurants: Pub 17, the Fireside Lounge, and Starbucks are all located on the 1st level of the hotel. Menus are available in Braille on request.
Other Amenities: Denver Mobility Shuttle Service available upon request. Wheelchair-accessible health club, front desk, and concierge desk. The pool is accessible and provides a lift. However, the rooftop tennis court and running track are not ADA accessible.

Denver Marriott City Center

Parking: All parking is by valet and ADA transport will be accommodated.
Guest rooms: 24 ADA-approved accessible rooms, 1 king and 1 double/double on each floor from the 3rd floor to the 16th floor; 6 rooms with roll-in shower.
Meeting Rooms: All meeting areas are accessible.
Restaurants: All restaurants are accessible.
Other Amenities: A lift is provided to go from the main lobby to the upper lobby.

Accessible Transportation

The Denver Light Rail, RTD’s SkyRide buses, and the free 16th Street MallRide buses are all wheelchair accessible. Additional RTD Access-a-Ride service is available and must be reserved 1-3 days in advance. Please call (303) 299-6560 to make a reservation. Make your request as early as possible, since Access-a-Ride trips are scheduled on a space-available, shared-ride basis.

SuperShuttle, Yellow Taxi, and Metro Taxi have wheelchair-accessible vehicles and can provide assistance for limited numbers with prior notice and reservation. The following companies will pick up with prior notice at Denver International Airport and provide specialized transportation:

A Centennial Executive Transport LLC, (303) 759-1376
Mobility Transportation and Service Inc., (303) 295-3900
Mobile Access, (303) 274-9895
Wheelchair Getaways, (303) 674-1498 (Rent vans by the day)
Yellow Cab (advance reservation recommended), (303) 777-7777

Scooter rentals are available by contacting The Mobility Shop (888-404-5554,

Service Animals Welcome

The American Historical Association is committed to making the annual meeting accessible. Service animals are welcome at all events, sessions, and venues. The ADA protects the right of people with disabilities to be accompanied by trained service animals in public places. Remember, not all disabilities are visible and service animals are not required to wear special equipment or tags. Service animals are working and should not be distracted without permission.


Please help us to accommodate attendees who are sensitive to fragrances by refraining from wearing scented products.

Sign Interpreting

Members with hearing impairment who will need sign-interpreting service at the AHA annual meeting must notify the AHA Headquarters Office and register for the meeting by December 1, 2016. The request should include the sessions they plan to attend. The AHA will, with the assistance of the Registry of Interpreters, secure the services of appropriate interpreters. The AHA will assume the cost for up to nine hours of sign language interpreting service or a maximum of $400 per member, whichever is less.

An interpreter may also be provided upon request for the presidential address (Friday, January 6) and the annual business meeting (Saturday, January 7).

Assistive listening devices are also available on request. Please contact Debbie Doyle at by December 1, 2016, if you would like to request an interpreter or assistive listening device.

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