Visitors in wheelchairs can finally stay there, but they still face many barriers.
As always, graduation weekend in Ann Arbor meant hotels, shops, and restaurants were packed to the proverbial gills. But this year, downtown Ann Arbor became far more hospitable to guests with vision, hearing, and mobility issues.
The Graduate Ann Arbor on E. Huron St., formerly the Dahlmann Campus Inn, opened just in time for the ceremonies with every room sold out, some of them recently upgraded rooms for guests with disabilities. The Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, which opened last October on W. Huron, was also fully occupied, including its ten rooms designed for guests with handicaps. At the train station, a new ramp allows easier access for travelers using wheelchairs and walkers, and several historic downtown buildings in recent months have added new Braille signage, elevators, wider doors, new restroom facilities, and grab bars.