Just because you have never seen a little person in your hotel or business doesn’t mean that one has not stayed or visited your establishment, nor that an individual with dwarfism will not walk in your door tomorrow.
Little People of America (LPA), an advocacy group for individuals of short stature, defines dwarfism as a medical or genetic condition that usually results in an adult height of 4’10” or shorter. With over 200 types of dwarfism and 500,000 adults in the U.S. 4’10” or shorter, it is estimated that one is every 1,000 hotel guests will likely be an individual of short stature.
Lacking the proper accessibility products, one creates a potential liability should a little person damage your property or injure themselves in an attempt to make their own necessary accommodations. More importantly, having a Direct Access Solutions kit on hand serves as an unquestionable indicator that your hotel embraces the diversity of your guests and cares about their safety and comfort.
Actually, many wheelchair accessible rooms are often worse for individuals of short stature because beds, toilets, and showerheads are frequently placed at higher levels to accommodate wheelchair users. As opposed to refitting an entire room to bring beds, cabinets, sinks, countertops, thermostats, light switches, and security latches within reach of someone with dwarfism, a Roloff Stools accessibility kit makes any room little person friendly.
While not every individual under 4’10” is considered disabled, individuals of short stature who have underlying physical disorders that affect their height are likely considered disabled individuals and fall under the scope of the ADA. This includes those with any number of genetics conditions resulting in short statures such as achondroplasia, spondyls epiphyseal dysplasia congenita, diastrophic dysplasia, hypochondroplasia, and osteogenesis imperfecta.
As the ADA requires the “removal of access barriers for any person with a disability that is readily achievable and does not present an undue hardship, Roloff Stools has the perfect “readily achievable” and affordable solution for hotels looking to be both compliant and proactive. Injuries resulting from ADA non-compliance have been the subject of successful lawsuits carrying six and seven-figure damage awards.