Many entrepreneurs are becoming keen on the slope of their curb ramps. A steep ADA ramp slope hinders persons with disabilities from moving freely from parking lots to your business premise.
Placing the International Symbol of Accessibility on a storefront is crucial. A plaintiff can assess your compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility guidelines. Here are top four ways to make a business accessible to the disabled.
- ADA Accessibility Guidelines
The U.S. Congress enacted ADA in 1990. Since then, the Act has undergone various changes to make public places more accessible to improve mobility. The ADA’s Title III highlights access to commercial facilities and public accommodations for the disabled. It discourages discrimination in the enjoyment of advantages, housing, facilities, privileges, and services by anyone who operates or owns a public accommodation facility to disabled people.
Also, it overs commercial facilities such as factories, buildings and warehouses, public accommodations and private institutions which offer courses and examinations related to professional and educational certification. Public accommodation facilities include hotels, hospitals, private schools, and restaurants.
However, it doesn’t cover entities such as worship centers which religious organizations control and private clubs. Title III guidelines are implemented in a private club after its facilities are made accessible to clients and patrons of a public accommodation facility.
- Accessibility Standards
Title III has two standards that regulate building accessibility. One measure is about facilities that were in existence before January 1993 and need a complete removal of all architectural barriers. It should be easy to remove such obstacles without incurring additional expenses.
You can use different barrier removal methods including rearranging chairs and tables, installing ramps, creating curb cuts at entrances and sidewalks and adding braille to your elevator control’s buttons. The second standards pertain to buildings constructed after January 26, 1993 and need readily accessible facilities.
- Website Accessibility
Most Americans use the internet daily. Enterprises and educational institutions offer goods and services through websites. Also, local and state governments use their sites to allow the public to access their activities, services, and programs.
Many investors learn that their businesses aren’t ADA –compliant after a client sues them in court. Hire an architect skilled at ADA accessibility to protect your investment and add necessary fixes to make it accessible to disabled persons and to prevent professional plaintiffs. It saves you a lot of money on defense costs and liability.
Apart from having an appropriate ADA ramp slope, it’s crucial to offer comprehensive staff training. Teach your workers how to implement policies and handle different challenges for your business to grow. Also, they need to understand ADA requirements and to offer excellent customer care services.
If you need assistance, don’t hesitate to contact ADA Solutions. The leading provider of quality products improving public accessibility and mobility in North America.