Month: January 2019

O’Hare Adds Changing Places Restroom to Serve Travelers with Disabilities

O’Hare International Airport in Chicago now offers expanded service for travelers with disabilities and their caregivers. O’Hare’s new “Changing Places” restroom features an adult changing table, motorized lift system, and an accessible shower, in addition to its ADA compliant toilet and sink.

Read the full story at https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2019/01/06/changing-places-restroom-increases-accessibility-for-ohare-passengers-with-disabilities/

Mass. Town Invests in Playgrounds to Better Serve Children with Disabilities

ADA Compliant PlaygroundWhile parking lots and facility access often take precedent in ADA compliance projects, playgrounds are important community hubs that also require attention. In Sudbury, Massachusetts, the local preservation committee approved a plan to spend more than $230,000 to upgrade play spaces, making them accessible to children with disabilities and in compliance with ADA standards.

Read the full story at https://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/20190118/sudbury-school-playgrounds-to-be-upgraded

ADA 101 – Door and Gate Opening Force

ADA 101 info graphic with  section 404.2.9 5 code and example pictures 2010 ADAS 404.2.9 – Door and Gate Opening Force

The force for pushing or pulling open a door or gate other than fire doors shall be 5 pounds maximum. The maximum force pertains to the continuous application of force necessary to fully open a door, not the initial force needed to overcome the inertia of the door.

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

More Suburbs Comply with ADA in Fear of Losing Federal Funding

ADA Compliant

ADA Compliant

Now more than 28 years old, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has literally paved the way to help people with mobility impairments navigate their communities.

While many communities are making good progress to develop up-to-date transition plans, something BlueDAG has been very successful in, some communities are pushing forward with substantial ADA projects to avoid the potential risk of losing federal funding.

In Minnesota, many communities are developing their transition plans to ensure their communities are accessible for all residents, and to ensure the money they receive from the federal government is protected.

Read to full story at http://www.startribune.com/afraid-of-losing-federal-funding-more-suburbs-plan-to-comply-with-ada/504272442/

ADA 101 – Off Street Parking Access Aisle

502.3 - Off Street Parking Access Aisle Access aisles serving parking spaces shall adjoin an accessible route. Two parking spaces shall be permitted to share a common access aisle. Access aisles serving car and van parking spaces shall be 60 inches wide minimum, and span the full length of the parking spaces.

502.3 – Off Street Parking Access Aisle

Access aisles serving parking spaces shall adjoin an accessible route. Two parking spaces shall be permitted to share a common access aisle. Access aisles serving car and van parking spaces shall be 60 inches wide minimum, and span the full length of the parking spaces.

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

U.S. Access Board Corrects 43 Barriers at Federal Facilities

Van Accessible Parking

Van Accessible Parking

In FY 2018, the United States Access Board resolved 43 architectural barriers at federal facilities. While the corrective actions varied, parking and entrance access were two of the primary areas people filed complaints against. Two easy fixes that brought many facilities closer to full compliance were installing van accessible parking spaces and automatic door openers.

Read the full story at

https://www.access-board.gov/news/1940-access-board-resolves-43-architectural-barriers-act-cases-through-corrective-action-in-fy-2018

ADA 101 – Accessible Route Expansion Joints

ADA 101 info graphic with ADA section 302.3 code and example pictures

ADA 302.3 – Expansion Joints Along Accessible Routes

Openings in floor or ground surfaces will not allow passage of a sphere more than a half-inch in diameter.

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

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