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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.

Tech World Honors Inventor of Truncated Domes

Visually Impaired Person Approaching Truncated Domes

52 years ago, the world was changed when Seiichi Miyake invented tactile paving blocks, also known as tenji blocks and truncated domes, to help the visually impaired better navigate and interact with the world around them. Today, Google, CNET and others are honoring Seiichi and his work to create safe paths of travel for those with visual impairments. His work was forward thinking and helped create accessible and safe environments for all.

Sources:
Google Homepage; Search: Seiichhi Miyake
March 18, 2019
https://www.google.com/search?sa=X&site=webhp&q=Seiichi+Miyake&oi=ddle&ct=celebrating-seiichi-miyake

Google Doodle pays tribute to Japanese inventor Seiichi Miyake
Jackson Ryan, CNET
March 17, 2018
https://www.cnet.com/news/google-doodle-pays-tribute-to-japanese-inventor-seiichi-miyake/

ADA 101 – Wheelchair Spaces – Depth

802.1.3 Wheelchair Spaces - Depth Where a wheelchair space can be entered from the front or rear, the wheelchair space shall be 48 inches deep minimum. Where a wheelchair space can be entered only from the side, the wheelchair space shall be 60 inches deep minimum.

2010 ADAS 802.1.3 – Wheelchair Spaces – Depth
Where a wheelchair space can be entered from the front or rear, the wheelchair space shall be 48 inches deep minimum. Where a wheelchair space can be entered only from the side, the wheelchair space shall be 60 inches deep minimum.

DOJ Continues Crack Downs on Municipalities Not in Compliance with the ADA

Humboldt County Courthouse

While the Americans with Disabilities Act has been law for more than 28 years, the U.S. Department of Justice has let many infractions slide by because they saw local municipalities were making slow progress to get into compliance with the law. That was until the late 2000’s when the DOJ decided local municipalities had enough time to make the needed investments to get into compliance with the law. Now, the DOJ is going after municipalities with some heavy lawsuits.

Humboldt County is spending $27 million over the next seven years to ensure its facilities, programs and services are in compliance with the ADA because of a 2008 DOJ investigation and settlement agreement.  A move that is putting the county in financial hardship, but work that its leadership is committed to.

These cases are not rare. In January we did a spotlight on suburban cities complying with the ADA in fear of losing federal funding as a result of DOJ investigations. In our discussions with the DOJ, investigators and prosecutors want to see that local municipalities are doing their due diligence to remediate their access barriers and have an up-to-date transition plan in place. While it does take a lot of coordinated work and investment, being compliant with the ADA is helping save many municipalities from the scrutiny of the DOJ and the public.

Source:
Humboldt County projected to spend $7 million ahead of Disabilities Act deadline
Shomik Mukherjee, Times-Standard
February 28, 2019
https://www.times-standard.com/2019/02/28/humboldt-county-projected-to-spend-7-million-ahead-of-disabilities-act-deadline/

ADA Myths Put Businesses at Risk

ADA Parking Spaces

ADA Parking Spaces

Since its passage more than 28 years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has helped guide us to ensure the facilities we operate our businesses out of are accessible to all people. While the law’s application to new buildings is pretty clear, there are some myths about the limitations of the law on older buildings that can put businesses at risk. In a recent article in Kiplinger, some of these myths such as grandfathering and tenant obligations are clarified and debunked. As a rule of thumb, it’s always good to assume your place of business must adhere to the ADA.

Source:
4 Myths about the ADA that Could Cost You a Lot of Money
H. Dennis Beaver, Kiplinger
February 27, 2019
https://www.kiplinger.com/article/investing/T008-C032-S014-4-myths-about-the-ada-that-could-cost-you-money.html

 

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