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ACCESSIBILITY GUIDE • BIRMINGHAM NATIONALS Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about accessibility at the National Tournament. Q

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Where can I rent handicap accessible vans for my team?

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MobilityWorks of Birmingham has handicap accessible vans for rent. Van rentals start at $129 per day with limited delivery options for an additional fee. | Phone: (205) 426-8261 | Website: www.mobilityworks. com/mobilityworks-locations/birmingham-al.php

Where can I rent a wheelchair or scooter for myself or a student for the week?

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What are the best options for public transportation with a wheelchair?

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Elrod Mobility services the greater Birmingham area. Wheelchair rentals start at $60 per week. Scooter rentals start at $200 per week. Both require a minimum 30-day advance notice. Delivery is possible for a $25 fee, although please be sure to alert your hotel about the delivery ahead of time. | Phone: (205) 823-8181 | Website: http://myelrodmobility.com

According to the Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority website, “All BJCTA buses meet the American with DIsabilities Act (ADA) requirements, offering wheelchair lifts and other features to accommodate riders with disabilities.” For more information, visit www.bjcta.org/riding-on-max/accessibility-info.

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Are all venues handicap accessible?

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Yes, all competition sites are handicap accessible, and tournament officials will have access to elevator keys. Also, some of the schools will only have one floor of competition rooms.

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Does the Sheraton Birmingham have valet parking?

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Which hotels have disabled access rooms available?

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Yes, valet parking is available for $22. The cost for self-parking is $12.

If you or one of your students/judges need disabled access rooms, all of the hotels should have them available, but you must proactively reserve those rooms early on. For your students or judges, it also may be important to discuss in advance their needs and specify if you need a tub or a roll-in shower room.

Where can I find information on accessible tourist venues and answers to other specific questions?

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The Birmingham Independent Living Center has a robust set of resources available on their website and may be a useful tool. Visit http://drradvocates.org to learn more.

Compiled by Jan Friedman-Pizzo, Butte Falls Charter School, Oregon

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