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Blind Man Goes Viral On Social Media After Being Stuck In Elevator In Atlanta Hotel: My Thoughts


Here is my response to a video that went viral of a blind man who was trapped in an elevator at an Atlanta, Georgia hotel due to the lack of accessibility features in the elevator.


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June 24, 2023

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Beginning of Post.

In my first response blog post, I am going to respond to a video that a blind man took at an Atlanta hotel back in March of this year.

Summary

Basically, the hotel, called The Hampton Inn & Suites Atlanta Midtown has an elevator that is not accessible, meaning that it uses a touchscreen as the button panel.

According to WSB-TV, Mario Bonds was visiting Atlanta on a business trip back in March when he booked a stay at the hotel.

What’s different about this hotel is that the lobby to check-in/check-out is on the 20th floor, not your standard first/ground floor for most hotels.

My Response

Before you view the video, here is my response. It is a positive one.

To Mario: You did a fantastic job of speaking up for yourself. I know that it is very frustrating that you were unable to figure out the correct buttons to push to go to the right floor. As a disability rights advocate, I am upset that there was no braille or any instructions whatsoever to operate the elevator independently like everyone else.

I will be keeping an eye on updates about the hotel, whether they improve the accessibility of the elevator.

Videos

The Original Video

From Atlanta News First

From Atlanta News First

References

  1. Blind man goes viral on TikTok after being stuck on an elevator at Atlanta hotel


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