Information about accessibility at the annual meeting and in the hotels.


All meeting hotels have accessible lobbies with at least one entrance with auto-slide doors; door-service personnel are available at other entrances. Thresholds and doormats are in compliance with American with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations. Lobbies have marble floors and/or low-pile area carpeting. Elevators connect all levels of each property. Each elevator has a wheelchair-accessible keypad. Elevators either have audible announcements or Braille numerals beside each control button. 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 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.

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
The entrance at 1200 Filbert Street (currently the main entrance) has side doors with auto-openers.
Parking: Valet parking only; get in touch with the hotel about possible accommodations.
Guest Rooms: The hotel has 70 accessible rooms, of which 30 have roll-in showers.
Meeting Rooms: All meeting rooms are accessible.

Loews Philadelphia Hotel
The main entrance at 1200 Market Street has a door with an auto-opener, followed by a revolving door with a “Push to Slow” button. All entryways at the valet entrance on 12th Street have automatic stationary doors. There are double doors with auto-open buttons next to the main entrance with revolving doors on Market Street, but the doors are only useable while the hotel restaurant is open (Thursday & Friday: 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday & Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. & 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.).
Parking: Valet parking only; get in touch with the hotel about possible accommodations.
Guest rooms: The hotel has 20 accessible rooms, of which 6 have roll-in showers.
Meeting Rooms: All meeting rooms are accessible.

Notary Hotel, Autograph Collection
The main entrance to the Notary Hotel has an auto-opener.
Parking: Valet parking only.
Guest Rooms:The hotel has accessible rooms, including rooms with roll-in showers; please contact the hotel at +1 215-496-3200 for additional information.
Meeting Rooms: All meeting rooms are accessible.

Marriott Residence Inn Center City
The hotel’s main entrance is accessible.
Parking: Valet-only parking available.
Guest rooms:The hotel has accessible rooms, including rooms with roll-in showers. Please contact the hotel at +1 215-557-0005 for more information.

Accessible Transportation

Many of the region’s SEPTA stations for rail, subway, trolly, or bus are wheelchair accessible. Every bus has a lift or ramp and can be lowered to street level. Regional Rail cars and stations are also wheelchair accessible.

All taxi dispatchers must accept requests for wheelchair accessible vehicles and coordinate service calls with other dispatchers. Information on accessible transportation to and from the airport can be found at   For more information about accessible transportation in Philadelphia, see

Scooter and wheelchair rentals are available by contacting ScootAround (888-441-7575) .

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 November 1, 2022. The request should include the sessions they plan to attend. The AHA will secure the services of appropriate interpreters. The AHA will assume the cost for up to nine hours of sign language interpreting service per member.

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 November 1, 2022, if you would like to request an interpreter or assistive listening device.

Other Resources

US Department of Transportation’s New Horizons: Information for the Air Traveler with a Disability

Accessible Philadelphia Guide (Official Philadelphia Visitor and Tourism Information)