The American Disabilities Act ensures that facilities comply with regulations, permitting the establishment to be easily accessible to those who suffer from medical and physical constraints. As a property owner it is important to double-check that your location continuously strives to operate under these codes, making it easy for everyone to use the building. Here are four things you should consider.
- Is It Easy To Get In and Out?
This section is actually broader then you might think. You should obviously consider doors. Could someone in a wheelchair or with limited mobility enter without having to strain or ask for help? That means handles are simple to hold, buttons are available or you have automated door energy compliance. In addition, the parking lot should have spaces wide enough for vehicles unloading chairs and spots should be closer to the entrance. Places with more than one floor or the use of stairs, may need to have ramps or elevators installed and serviced.
- Can Restrooms Be Used Without a Hassle?
Public facilities should adapt so that there are stalls available accommodating personal needs. Larger enclosures should be provided with rails for support. Sinks may need to be lowered as well, avoiding painful stretching or leaning. If you have employees with special needs, don’t hesitate to ask about any modifications that they may require. It’s good to be proactive.
- Are Conveniences Installed?
Parts of the regulations include offering services such as phone and water. For some, these could be life saving necessities. Water fountains should be at an attainable level, and open for use at all times. In addition, phone service should be allowed in case someone needs assistance from someone, especially medical aid. Try to post signs showing compliance, pointing to the services location.
- Could Anyone Complete Daily Activities?
In your office or store, think not just about the traditional set up, but those that may use your facility that have other demands. For example, could people navigate up and down aisles or from room to room? Hallways should be wide and unobstructed. Materials and products should be located in sections where access is easy. In other words, no one should have to rely on someone else to do it for them. Keep things low to the ground or provide tools that assist is reaching higher merchandise.
Review your building’s layout, considering whether changes should be made to design. Focus on space and ease.