General information and resources:

All meeting hotels 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 and lifts 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.



Marriott Wardman Park

All areas of the facility are wheelchair accessible. Electronic doors are located at all main lobby entrances. All elevators are equipped with Braille signage. Additionally, restrooms and drinking fountains are ADA accessible.

Parking: There are 10 self-parking spaces inside the garage. The garage height limit is 5′ 10″. Valet parking is also offered at an additional cost. Parking garages are accessible with ramps and elevators.
Guest Rooms: There are 28 ADA rooms with king beds and 3 ADA rooms with 2 double beds distributed throughout the hotel. Some of the rooms available are equipped for hearing access only, with the rest having accommodations for hearing and mobility.
Meeting Rooms: All rooms and floors of the hotel are accessible. There are stairs in Balcony A and B, but there is a lift for wheelchairs. All other areas are accessible by elevator or ramps.
Restaurants: The restaurants are on the lobby level and are accessible.

Omni Shoreham Hotel

Omni Shoreham Floorplans (PDF)

Parking: The hotel provides valet parking only, with an open-air lot to accommodate oversized vehicles.
Guest rooms: The hotel has 42 ADA rooms (including 1 suite) with roll-in showers or standard tubs with grab bars.
Meeting Rooms: All rooms and floors of the historic hotel are accessible. There is a ramp to the lobby to the left of the main entrance. There are fully accessible elevators between all meeting rooms and floors. Consult the hotel map for the elevator that serves as a particular room. The Regency and Ambassador Ballrooms have an ADA lift. Take the West Promenade elevators to level 1B then access the wheelchair lift to both ballrooms. Hotel employees are available to assist with the wheelchair lift.
Restaurants: Robert’s Restaurant is accessible by elevator; Morsel’s (coffee shop) and Marquee Bar and Lounge (evening bar) are on the lobby level.
Other Amenities: The fitness center is accessibly by the West Promenade elevator.

Washington Hilton

Parking: The hotel provides valet and self-service parking. The garage height restriction is 6′ 4″. Vehicles over the height limit may park on the front drive, space permitting. Hotel policy prohibits valet staff from operating vehicles with hand-operated gas and breaks.
Guest rooms: The hotel has 21 ADA rooms with 2 double beds (15 of which have roll-in showers), 7 ADA rooms with one king bed (1 of which has a roll-in shower), 2 parlors, and 1 suite.
Meeting rooms: All meeting rooms can be accessed via elevator.
Restaurants: All restaurants are ADA accessible and located on the lobby level.
Other amenities: The fitness center can be entered through the terrace level, at the very end of the hallway. The pool, located in the fitness center, has a wheelchair lift.

Accessible Transportation

Metro is a fully accessible public transit system. All Metrorail stations are accessible and feature priority parking near station entrances, Braille and raised alphabet information on station pylons, extra-wide fare gates, and elevators. Rail cars feature gap reducers between car and platform, barriers between cars, and priority seating for people with disabilities and senior citizens. Metro maintains a list of elevator and escalator outages on its website.

All buses in the Metro fleet are accessible, with the ability to kneel, and come equipped with low floor ramps or lifts. All buses feature two wheelchair securement areas and priority seating at the front of the bus. Additional service is also provided by MetroAccess, a door-to-door paratransit service.

SuperShuttle and Washington Flyer have wheelchair-accessible vehicles and can provide assistance with prior notice and reservation. For information about these services or to book a reservation, contact:
SuperShuttle (800-258-3826)
Washington Flyer (888-927-4359)

Scooter rentals are available by contacting Scootaround (888-441-7575).

Service Animals Welcome

Service animals are welcome at all meeting 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, 2017. 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, 2017, if you would like to request an interpreter or assistive listening device.

Other Resources

US Department of Transportation’s Aviation Consumer Protection and New Horizons: Information for the Air Traveler with a Disability
Barrier-Free Travels: A Nuts and Bolts Guide for Wheelers and Slow Walkers