You have probably noticed accessible parking spaces and accessible stalls in restrooms, but do you know if they are truly accessible for persons with disabilities? Do you really understand what it takes for an area to be accessible?
This online guide will give you the basic information needed to improve access for persons with disabilities. Specifically, this guide will focus on the areas where the most common mistakes occur. Check out the flipbook below for the complete "How to Guide on Common Accessibility Mistakes." You can also click on the links to the right to review the basic requirements of the specific areas covered in the guide.
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An accessible route is a path that can comprise one or more of the following elements: doorways, ramps, curb ramps excluding flared sides, elevators, and platform lifts. Anything that is not included in this list (such as steps) cannot be part of an accessible route. All of the accessible route's components must meet the following requirements set forth in the 2010 Standards:
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A person with a disability should be able to access the same goods and services as a person without a disability. The following standards apply once an individual with a disability has entered your place of business or facility seeking access to goods and services:
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Bathrooms are one of the most common areas where accessibility mistakes occur.
An accessible stall and an ambulatory stall are two different types of restrooms; however, they are often mistaken as interchangeable. To create an accessible restroom, review the following standards:
In some cases, creating a fully accessible, single-user or "family" restroom will solve any accessibilty issues. This is true in many older or historic buildings in which the overall ADA standards are much more lenient. However, it is a best practice to always provide an accessible stall in a multi-user restroom in order to meet this standard and be fully accessible.
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No matter how accessible the route to the main entrance of a building or facility may be, the entrance is another area in which common accessibility mistakes occur. Improperly marked entrances, heavy doors, skinny doors, inaccessible hardware and the lack of a ramp or lift are often the primary mistakes at entrances. Please see the following standards in order make an accessible entrance:
Remember that a proper access route is needed for a person with a disability to even get to the entrance. Please refer to the access route section for more information. Also, note that automatic door openers are not a requirement of the ADA; however, it is a best practice to install these openers wherever possible to become fully accessible.
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To understand the required number of accessible parking spaces needed at your business or facility, please refer to the chart below:
Now that you know how many spaces are required, all accessible parking should adhere to the following standards:
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Click on the links below to learn about the accessibility requirements of each area:
A majority of accessibilty issues can be solved with proper signage and implementing disability friendly policies and practices. For more information, visit the following pages (Coming soon!):