Capitol Building


Michigan's Capitol: A Landmark Restoration 

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Capitol Services and Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities
Most visitors to the Capitol come to tour the building, observe the legislature, or participate in the legislative process by meeting with legislators, testifying before legislative committees, etc.

The goal of the Capitol staff is to ensure that every citizen visiting their Capitol is treated with respect. Everyone should be able to enjoy a tour, observe the legislature, and participate in the legislative process.

The Michigan Legislature, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), ensures that individuals with disabilities shall not be excluded from participating in, or be denied, the benefits of any program, service, or activity offered by the Legislature

The purpose of this section is to advise persons with disabilities of the services and accommodations available at their Capitol.

Parking Spaces
There are parking spaces for persons with mobility disabilities north of the Capitol. The entrance is off Ottawa Street. The spaces are designated with the international mobility disability symbol. One of the spaces will accommodate a van. All vehicles using the mobility disability parking spaces must have a disability license plate or display a mobility disability permit issued by the Secretary of State.

Entrance Door Access
The north annex entrance door adjacent to the mobility disability parking spaces and all ground floor entrance doors except the west outer vestibule door at the south entrance are mobility disability accessible. At least one outer and one inner vestibule door on each side of the Capitol, as well as the North annex entrance adjacent to the mobility disability parking spaces, also have an automatic door opener which can be activated by pushing a plate. The plates are marked with the mobility disability symbol.

Restrooms
Public restrooms are located on the ground floor, third floor and fourth floor of the Capitol. All public restrooms are accessible to persons with mobility disabilities.

Telephone Accommodations for Persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
A TTY (Text Telephone) is available in the Capitol. The phone is located on the ground floor. Ask at the Information Desk for assistance. Calls other than local ones must be charged to a credit card or be made "collect."

Michigan Relay Center
The Michigan Relay Center enables persons with deaf, hard-of-hearing, or speech impairment disabilities to communicate with virtually anyone within the state.

Hearing persons or non-TTY users can also use the Center to communicate with a TTY user. Your communication will be relayed by the Center to the TTY user.

The Michigan Relay Center telephone number is 1-800-649-3777 (Voice and TTY).

Calling Legislators and Legislative Agencies
Individuals who use a TTY to communicate can contact legislators and legislative agencies in two ways:

  • Call the Michigan Relay Center at 1-800-649-3777. The Center will relay your message to the legislator or legislative agency office.
  • Call the legislative TTY line at 1-517-373-0543. Upon receipt, your message will be acknowledged and forwarded to the addressed legislator or legislative agency.



Emergency Procedures
The Capitol is generally a very safe place to be in the case of an emergency. Nonetheless, as part of the Capitol's restoration, modern life safety systems were installed. The building is completely equipped with fire sprinklers, and over 5,000 sensors monitor air ducts, motors, and sprinkler lines. The system is designed to notify emergency personnel immediately so they can react swiftly. At the same time, alarms were installed to alert the Capitol's visitors and staff to an emergency situation. These alarms feature both auditory (a voiced alarm) and visual (flashing lights) components. The building also has two interior, enclosed fire stairs located right off the rotunda in the east and west wings. The first and ground floors each have four exterior exits.

If an alarm is activated, exit by the closest, safest stairs. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS. The fire stairs are pressurized to keep smoke and fire out. Wheelchair users and other persons with mobility disabilities should proceed to the landings in the fire stairs, where they will be assisted by emergency personnel, if necessary.

Sergeants-At-Arms of the Senate and House, along with building staff, have been assigned sections of the Capitol, and will go through the building to ensure that everyone is aware of the emergency and has either vacated the building or gone to the tornado shelter or fire stair landings, depending on the situation.


Tours of the Capitol
If you have a disability which might interfere with your enjoyment of the tour, please advise your Tour Guide right away. The Capitol Tour Service has a number of ways to adapt the tour to your needs.

For persons with hearing disability:

A printed version of the tour script is available.

  • In addition, those who read lips should notify their Tour Guide at the start of the tour. Every effort will be made to make sure that the Tour Guide is positioned to make lip reading easier.
  • The Capitol Tour Guide Service will provide a sign language interpreter for scheduled hard of hearing or deaf tour groups with at least two weeks prior notification.
  • Assisted hearing devices are available in a limited number.

 For persons with visual disability:

  • A large print version of the tour script is available.
  • A Braille version of the tour script is available.

 For persons with mobility disability:

  • An elevator is available for wheelchair users or individuals who cannot climb or descend stairs during the tour.
  • Individuals who find it difficult to walk or stand for long periods or have other mobility impairments should notify their Tour Guide so most of the tour information is given while the group is seated in the Orientation Room, the Senate and House galleries, and the Appropriations Rooms.


Booking Tours for Persons with Disabilities
Tours for groups of ten or more can be booked through the Capitol Tour Service office. If any members of your group are persons with disabilities, advise the Tour office at the time you book the tour. Tours can and most often are booked 1 year in advance through:

                Capitol Tour Service
                Capitol Building
                P.O. Box 30014
                Lansing, Michigan 48909-7514
                (517) 373-2353 Voice
                (517) 373-0543 TDD/TTY

Large Groups
As the seat of state government, the Capitol is the place citizens come to redress their grievances, demonstrate, and conduct rallies. Periodically, large groups of persons with disabilities visit the Capitol. The staff will do everything it can to accommodate such groups. If you are planning an event for a large number of persons with disabilities, we would strongly encourage you to confer with the Capitol staff early in your planning so any necessary arrangements can be made to transport participants to the Capitol, move people through the building, etc. Planning is always the key to a successful event and good planning ensures that all can participate. Contact:

                Steve Benkovsky       
                Executive Director
                Michigan Capitol Committee
                Legislative Council Facility Agency
                P.O. Box 30014
                Lansing, Michigan 48909-7514
                (517) 373-1972
                Capitol Facilities