Author: Trent Sunahara

ADA Lawsuits and Web Accessibility

Website Accessible Keyboard

As more organizations conduct business online and through their websites, the need to ensure websites are accessible to people with disabilities has become an urgent issue. In a recent Search Engine Journal article, more than 1,700 ADA related lawsuits were spotlighted to show that inclusive design and following website accessibility guidelines is now a must. This trends will only continue to grow and that is why, in addition to Title II and III, BlueDAG provides 508 and website accessible support to its customers.

Source:
How Your Company Can Prevent ADA Website Accessibility Lawsuits
Kim Krause Berg, Search Engine Journal
May 17, 2019
https://www.searchenginejournal.com/prevent-accessibility-website-lawsuit/306055/

ADA 101 – Title II Service Animals

Title II 35.136 - Service Animals (a) General. Generally, a public entity shall modify its policies, practices, or procedures to permit the use of a service animal by an individual with a disability. (b) Exceptions. A public entity may ask an individual with a disability to remove a service animal from the premises if — (1) The animal is out of control and the animal's handler does not take effective action to control it; or (2) The animal is not housebroken.

ADA Title II 35.136 – Service Animals
(a) General. Generally, a public entity shall modify its policies, practices, or procedures to permit the use of a service animal by an individual with a disability.
(b) Exceptions. A public entity may ask an individual with a disability to remove a service animal from the premises if —
(1) The animal is out of control and the animal’s handler does not take effective action to control it; or (2) The animal is not housebroken.

City of Columbia Starts Work to Create Accessible Public Right-of-Ways

City of Columbia Starts Work to Create Accessible Public Right-of-Ways This week, the City of Columbia, Missouri, started work to improve its public right-of-way for people with disabilities. Two major thoroughfares were closed to allow construction crews to improve pedestrian signal systems, replace sections of sidewalk that acted as barriers to mobility, and added new curb ramps to intersections. For many municipalities, fixing obvious public right-of-way barriers is an important first step in creating truly accessible communities for their senior citizens and residents with disabilities.

Source:
Ash Street closes to make repairs under the Americans with Disabilities Act
Logan Ball, KOMU 8
May 14, 2019
https://www.komu.com/news/ash-street-closes-to-make-repairs-under-the-americans-with-disabilities-act

 

ADA 101 – Title II Information and Signage

ATitle II 35.163 - Information and Signage (a) A public entity shall ensure that interested persons, including persons with impaired vision or hearing, can obtain information as to the existence and location of accessible services, activities, and facilities. (b) A public entity shall provide signage at all inaccessible entrances to each of its facilities, directing users to an accessible entrance or to a location at which they can obtain information about accessible facilities. The international symbol for accessibility shall be used at each accessible entrance of a facility.DA Title II 35.163 – Information and Signage

(a) A public entity shall ensure that interested
persons, including persons with impaired vision or
hearing, can obtain information as to the existence
and location of accessible services, activities,
and facilities.

(b) A public entity shall provide signage at all
inaccessible entrances to each of its facilities,
directing users to an accessible entrance or to a
location at which they can obtain information about
accessible facilities. The international symbol for
accessibility shall be used at each accessible
entrance of a facility.

Students with Disabilities Need More Infrastructure Support

Student with disability travels down the ramp that leads to Blegen Hall on Thursday, April 18. He said the ramp is often filled with people walking, so he has to wait for his route to clear.

Understanding the needs of students is a challenge. Understanding the needs of students with disabilities is even more challenging, especially when trying to understand what they need getting to school, moving around campus, and to be active participants in the classroom. Recently, the Minnesota Daily spotlighted uncommon barriers students with disabilities face each day. Things like four-foot wide ramps and four-person elevators meet ADA standards but are not adequate when students with disabilities are competing with able-body students for their use. The lesson we all need to remember is that ADA coordinators and stakeholders with disabilities need to be at the table when planning infrastructure and facility projects.

Source:
Day-to-day life differs for those with disabilities at the University
Audrey Kennedy, Minnesota Daily
April 29, 2019
https://www.mndaily.com/article/2019/04/n-day-to-day-life-differs-for-those-with-disabilities-at-the-university

Sacramento Re-Opens Baseball Field Designed for People with Disabilities

Baseball Diamond Made For People With Disabilities Reopens In South Sacramento CBS Sacramento April 13, 2019 https://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2019/04/13/baseball-diamond-made-for-people-with-disabilities-reopens-in-south-sacramento/

Across the nation, cities are evaluating the accessibility of their recreation programs and parks. While many parks and programs are still being reviewed and plans are being developed to make them accessible to all, some cities have already opened facilities and programs for those with disabilities. In California, the City of Sacramento has worked diligently with the Sacramento River Cats, a local minor league baseball team, to remodel and resurface a baseball field designed for people with disabilities. This forward thinking gave the City the resources it needed to expand its accessible sports programs.

Source:
Baseball Diamond Made For People With Disabilities Reopens In South Sacramento
CBS Sacramento
April 13, 2019
https://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2019/04/13/baseball-diamond-made-for-people-with-disabilities-reopens-in-south-sacramento/

ADA 101 – Vehicle Parking Spaces

Car parking spaces shall be 96 inches (2440 mm) wide minimum and van parking spaces shall be 132 inches (3350 mm) wide minimum, shall be marked to define the width, and shall have an adjacent access aisle complying with 502.3.

2010 ADAS 502.2 – Parking – Vehicles Spaces
Car parking spaces shall be 96 inches wide minimum and van parking spaces shall be 132 inches wide minimum, shall be marked to define the width, and shall have an adjacent access aisle complying with 502.3. Van parking spaces shall be permitted to be 96 inches wide minimum where the access aisle is 96 inches wide minimum.

ADA 101 – Changes in Ground Surface or Floor Level

303.2 Changes in Ground Surface Level - Vertical Where changes in level are permitted in floor or ground surfaces, changes in level of 1/4 inch high maximum shall be permitted to be vertical. 303.3 Changes in Ground Surface Level - Beveled Where changes in level are permitted in floor or ground surfaces, 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.

2010 ADAS 303.2 – Changes in Ground Surface Level – Vertical
Where changes in level are permitted in floor or ground surfaces, changes in level of 1/4 inch high maximum shall be permitted to be vertical.

2010 ADAS 303.3 – Changes in Ground Surface Level – Beveled
Where changes in level are permitted in floor or ground surfaces, 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.

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