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ADA 101 – Obstructed High Forward Reach

ADA 101 info graphic with ADAS 2010 section 308.2.2 code text and example pictures

2010 ADAS 308.2.2 Obstructed High Forward Reach

Where a high forward reach is over an obstruction, the clear floor space shall extend beneath the element for a distance not less than the required reach depth over the obstruction. The high forward reach shall be 48 inches maximum where the reach depth is 20 inches maximum. Where the reach depth exceeds 20 inches, the high forward reach shall be 44 inches maximum and the reach depth shall be 25 inches maximum.

Citation according to 2010 ADAS. Check your state’s accessibility laws. Some states such as California, Georgia and Florida have additional requirements and standards.

ADA 101 – Toe Clearance – Minimum Required Depth

ADA 101 info graphic with ADAS 2010 section 306.2.3 code text and example pictures

2010 ADAS 306.2.3 Toe Clearance – Minimum Required Depth

Where toe clearance is required at an element as part of a clear floor space, the toe clearance shall extend 17 inches minimum under the element.

Citation according to 2010 ADAS. Check your state’s accessibility laws. Some states such as California, Georgia and Florida have additional requirements and standards.

ADA 101 – Changes in Level – Beveled

ADA 101 info graphic with ADAS 2010 section 303.3 text and example pictures ADAS 2010 303.3 Changes in Level – Beveled

Changes in level between 1/4 inch high minimum and 1/2 inch high maximum shall be beveled with a slope not steeper than 1:2.

Advisory 303.3 Beveled. A change in level of 1/2 inch is permitted to be 1/4 inch vertical plus 1/4 inch beveled. However, in no case may the combined change in level exceed 1/2 inch. Changes in level exceeding 1/2 inch must comply with 405 (Ramps) or 406 (Curb Ramps).

Citation according to 2010 ADAS. Check your state’s accessibility laws. Some states such as California, Georgia and Florida have additional requirements and standards.

ADA 101 – Carpet

ADA 101 info graphic with ADAS 2010 section 302.2 code text and example pictures 2010 ADAS 302.2 Carpet

Carpet or carpet tile shall be securely attached and shall have a firm cushion, pad, or backing or no cushion or pad. Carpet or carpet tile shall have a level loop, textured loop, level cut pile, or level cut/uncut pile texture. Pile height shall be 1/2 inch (13 mm) maximum. Exposed edges of carpet shall be fastened to floor surfaces and shall have trim on the entire length of the exposed edge. Carpet edge trim shall comply with 303.

Citation according to 2010 ADAS. Check your state’s accessibility laws. Some states such as California, Georgia and Florida have additional requirements and standards.

New Research Shows Many Local Governments May Lack Strong ADA Title II Transition Plans

Three people inspecting a curb ramp at a street intersection

A recent study conducted by the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center, and funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, indicated some local government’s ADA Title II Transition Plans may be lacking.

Researchers used a sample of 401 cities, counties or townships with at least 50 full-time employees. The researchers carefully reviewed each plan to identify which of the required elements were included.

What researchers found was surprising given the Americans with Disability Act just entered its third decade as a legal requirement:

  • 54 of the 401 municipalities (13%) had an ADA transition plan available to the public.
  • 28 municipalities (7%) reported having plans in progress.
  • 32 published the transition plan on their websites while 22 others made it available upon request.
  • By region, the highest percentage (17%) of municipalities with transition plans are located in the Midwest.
  • The northeast region had the lowest percentage of municipalities with transition plans (3%).
  • Of the 54 municipalities with transition plans, only 40 addressed the public right-of-way.
  • 14 plans only addressed access to government buildings.
  • Of the 40 plans that addressed the public right-of-way, only 7 met all of the minimum criteria required by the ADA.
  • Less than half of the plans included a specific schedule for barrier removal.
  • Only 12 transition plans included a detailed process for monitoring and periodic reporting on progress toward barrier removal.

Please visit the National Rehabilitation Information Center’s website for more information on this and other ADA related studies.

Justice Department Reaches Agreement with Gates Chili Central School District for ADA Violations

Brown service dog with blue vest The Justice Department reached an agreement with the Gates Chili Central School District in Rochester, New York, to resolve the Department’s lawsuit alleging disability discrimination in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The Department’s complaint alleges the School District denied a student with disabilities equal access to school by conditioning her use of a service dog on her parent providing a full-time dog handler, despite the student’s demonstrated ability to control her service dog.

Under the settlement agreement, the School District revised its Service Animal Policy and agreed to provide reasonable modifications to facilitate the use of a service dog by a student with a disability. Such modifications include the types of minimal assistance the School District refused to provide the student in this case, such as helping to tether or untether a service dog, assisting a student to get water for a service dog, and prompting a student to issue commands to a service dog.

Continue reading at: https://www.ada.gov/gateschili/gates-chili_sa.html

Understanding Sales and Service Counters

Sales and service counters, checkout aisles, and food service lines are part of nearly every transaction people make in the day-to-day life. Recognizing the importance of making them accessible is undeniable. However, understanding the standards in the ADA is critical in ensuring these locations are accessible to people with disabilities. In an effort to help clarify the standards, the United State Access Board has created an animated video (below) that explains them in context and how they are beneficial in everyday life.

 

For more information on this and other standards, please visit the Guide to the ADA Standards section of the United State Access Board website.

Understanding Signs

The ADA standards include requirements for informational and directional signs that must meet specific requirements for visual and tactile legibility. These signs apply to accessible parking spaces, accessible entrances, and restrooms, among many other locations. In an effort to help clarify the standards, the United State Access Board has created an animated video (below) that explains them in context and how they are beneficial in everyday life.

 

For more information on this and other standards, please visit the Guide to the ADA Standards section of the United State Access Board website.

Understanding Parking and Passenger Loading Zones

Accessible parking is required for each parking lot and garage to help ensure people with disabilities can safely and appropriately get in and out of their vehicles. In addition, accessible spaces are to be located on the shortest accessible route to an accessible entrance. In an effort to help clarify the standards, the United State Access Board has created an animated video (below) that explains them in context and how they are beneficial in everyday life.

 

For more information on Parking standards, please visit https://www.access-board.gov/ada/guides/chapter-5-parking/

For more information on Passenger Loading Zone standards, please visit https://www.access-board.gov/ada/guides/chapter-5-passenger-loading-zones/

For more information on other standards, please visit the Guide to the ADA Standards section of the United State Access Board website.

Understanding Protruding Objects

Objects that protrude into paths of travel can be hazardous to people with vision impairments or other disabilities. Common examples include drinking fountains, shelves, sconces, signs, and kiosks.The ADA standards set placement specifications on objects like these to help ensure people with disabilities can safely and appropriately navigate from one destination to another. In an effort to help clarify the standards, the United State Access Board has created an animated video (below) that explains them in context and how they are beneficial in everyday life.

 

For more information on Protruding Objects, please visit https://www.access-board.gov/ada/guides/chapter-3-protruding-objects/

For more information on other standards, please visit the Guide to the ADA Standards section of the United State Access Board website.

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