Prepared by Texas Democrats with Disabilities
Welcome delegates with disabilities!
We’re excited to tell you about the work the disability caucus has undertaken with the TDP convention planners to make this convention an inclusive convention for people with disabilities! We’ll be making updates to the information as we approach June 21st.
As a delegate, you should have received and returned the Disability Accommodation Questionnaire. This is a tool for convention planners and organizers to understand the unique needs of our communities and make accommodations accordingly. If you did not complete and return yours, there’s still time. Click on the link, fill in the blanks and you’ll be all set.
Non-delegates who want to attend may get a Guest Pass.
Here are some other good to know facts about what to expect:
Fort Worth Convention
Wheelchair & Scooter Rentals (Updated 6/2)
If walking is not your thing, please rent a wheelchair, scooter, or power wheelchair! Please read the following carefully:
DME Scooters & More has been selected as our supplier! Representatives will be onsite as follows:
Thursday, June 21st, 3pm-6pm.
Friday, June 22nd: 8am-6pm
You may pick up your equipment at the venue. For delivery to other locations on Thursday and Friday during the hours shown here, include preferred location and your cell number in your reservation.
If you will need your equipment earlier on Thursday, be sure to include this in your reservation email.
DME will deliver equipment to nearby hotels, parking garages and lots! Here is an interactive map of the locations they will service:
Email: [email protected]
Subject: Texas Democratic Convention
Questions only: Call Andy: 214-886-8439
Check out the package pricing!
Powered Equipment (scooter/wheelchair)
3 day rental: $100
2 day rental: $75
1 day rental: $40
Manual Wheelchair: $10 per day
ADA Services Desk
Located near Credentialing, you can learn what to expect at the convention, get an orientation to the facility, pick up guide dog supplies, large print materials, and materials in Braille, audio, and more!
Stocked with stress balls, bottled water and live streaming of General Session proceedings, with ASL interpreting and captioning.
ASL interpreter and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART)
General Sessions and the TDwD caucus meeting will have both services. CART is a speech-to-text interpreting service for anyone who needs communication access.
General sessions will be live streamed throughout the convention center.
Disability Caucus meeting proceedings will be live-streamed on the Texas Democrats with Disabilities Facebook page 11:30-12:30 from room 110 A & B
Accessible Parking Around the Convention Center
Meter parking is free for those with disabilities before 6PM on weekdays. Each parker must adhere to the time limit on the meter and must display valid disability placards or license plates.
There are a lot of 4 and 10 hour meters on the east side of the convention center. Parking Meters
Accessible Parking Map, Updated 5/31 a compendium of garages and lots totaling approximately 261 spaces with interactive links.
Molly-The-Trolley is a vintage-look trolley with all the modern amenities and is a quick and convenient way to travel around downtown Fort Worth.
The Molly route travels from the Fort Worth Convention Center to Sundance Square 7 days a week, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Time between trolleys is 10 to 15 minutes. Molly also serves Trinity Metro’s Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC), connecting to commuter rail, Amtrak, inter-city and inter-state bus service and rental car services.
This pdf displays all forms of transportation. It explains fares, Molly the Trolley, how to use the trip planner and next bus functionality. In addition, it has the system map, with insets.
Paratransit & Taxi
Unfortunately, cab companies do not accommodate power chairs and private paratransit charges are extremely high. However, Fort Worth does have MITS para-transit and will accommodate out-of-towners. You must apply and be found eligible at least 21 days beforehand. See MITS para-transit for application, schedules, and fares.
Uber,Lyft,Taxi Pick up/Drop off (added 6/10)
1101 Houston ST, Fort Worth, TX 76102. Click for interactive directions.
Hotel Accessibility List
The List contains accessibility information for numerous hotels within 10 miles of the convention center. Volunteers called each to obtain the following: number of accessible rooms (Many rooms are equipped for hearing and vision impaired guests.), number of accessible parking spaces, if the hotel pool has a lift, complimentary shuttle service and more.
The List contains disability-related information. It is not a listing of available rooms. Some hotels are already sold out!
Be on the lookout for more bulletins like this coming soon!
Also, watch for posts on these communication channels:
Facebook discussion group https://www.facebook.com/groups/639630076184589/
For more information email [email protected]
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Texas Democrats with Disabilities