The Embassy supports people with disabilities and makes every effort to facilitate access to employees within the building confines.
- Handicapped Parking Spaces
The Embassy has a visitor parking lot for special cases and upon advance notification.
As few parking spaces are available in close proximity to the Embassy.
- Access to the Embassy Buildings
The Embassy grounds consist of three buildings: the chancery, the consulate building, and the Embassy House.
The main entrance to the chancery is accessible. It is accessed mainly via a paved driveway or concrete walkways with a relatively steep incline.
The waiting room in the temporary space of the consular and legal section is accessible. Neither the temporary space, nor the future building of the consular and legal section has a height-adjustable counter.
The cafeteria is located in the Embassy House. The building is accessible via elevators and an access-control door on the fourth floor. The cafeteria can only be accessed via at least three stairs. The work areas on the second floor are accessible only via a narrow stairway.
There is no structural or technical support for blind or visually impaired people.
All access-control doors and other doors of the chancery are sufficiently wide, but not wheelchair accessible, and do not have automatic door controls.
- Information about Accessibility Within the Building
The waiting room of the passport and visa section is accessible. The restrooms are wheelchair-accessible, but the toilets are not designed to accommodate disabilities.
Contact for Inquiries
If you have any questions or require assistance, please contact Mr. Herman Nehls by phone or e-mail at:
- General Information about Accessibility in Public Places in Washington
Washington is more accessible than most other cities in the U.S., particularly relative to Berlin.
All Washington buses are accessible and have automatically extending ramps.
All Washington Metro stations are accessible by elevator and have visual and audible aids for blind and visually impaired people. The elevators are wheelchair-accessible.
Further information is available on the website of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. www.wmata.com/accessibility
Taxis in Washington are generally not designed to accommodate people with walking disabilities.
The sidewalks in Washington are accessible; all pedestrian crossings are equipped with ramps.
Trained and appropriately indicated assistance dogs may access any facility, store, or restaurant.
Hotels generally have accessible rooms.
All public buildings (libraries, hospitals, public authorities, etc.) are generally accessible.
- Other information sources
Valuable information for people with disabilities can be found on the website of the Department on Disability Services. http://dds.dc.gov/
Office of Disability Rights http://odr.dc.gov/
Disabled Access in Washington http://dc.about.com/od/disabledresources/a/DisabledAccess.htm
Wheelchair Travel Washington http://wheelchairtravel.org/washington-dc/