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ADA 101 – Vision Lights

ADA 101 graphic, blue background, top half contains ADAS 2010 section 404.2.11 Vision Lights text in white lettering, bottom half contains two pictures, left picture is of a non compliant glazed panel in a grey door, the right picture is a graphic of two doors with measurement lines showing compliant glazing panels, below the pictures are a disclaimer to check local accessibility laws, the BlueDAG logo and bluedag.com.

2010 ADAS 404.2.11 – Vision Lights

Doors, gates, and side lights adjacent to doors or gates, containing one or more glazing panels that permit viewing through the panels shall have the bottom of at least one glazed panel located 43 inches maximum above the finish floor.

EXCEPTION:Vision lights with the lowest part more than 66 inches from the finish floor or ground shall not be required to comply with 404.2.11.

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

New York City Settlement requires survey of 162,000 sidewalk curbs

vehicles traveling on road near buildings during daytime in New York City

Photo by Toni Osmundson on Unsplash

Accessible public right-of-ways are good for everyone. Gentle slopes, well defined landings and wide smooth pathways are all convenient for the able user. However, for some, they are more than convenient, they provide a path to independence that would otherwise be unattainable.  

In New York City, municipal administrators are starting important work to identify inaccessible sidewalks and curbs, and integrate them into a remediation plan. This work follows the resolution to two lawsuits. “U.S. District Court Judge George B. Daniels gave the final approval of a class action settlement resolving two separate lawsuits—the first filed by the United Spinal Association and the second by the Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York (CIDNY)—and establishing a plan that will require citywide surveys of all ramps and identify which corners need curb cuts installed or upgraded.”

ADA compliance issues and lawsuits are becoming more common by the day. Municipalities have a choice to be proactive and move toward compliance and inclusiveness, or become the targets of lawsuits and DOJ investigations.

Source:
City to make more sidewalk curbs accessible
Lizeth Beltran, Crain’s New York Business  
July 23, 2019

https://www.crainsnewyork.com/transportation/city-make-more-sidewalk-curbs-accessible

 

Dutchess County, NY, Awards $112,000 of Accessibility Grants

Dutches County Courthouse, brick building with grey moldings and trim

By Daniel Case, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3357429

Funding public works can be challenging, even more so for smaller cities and towns. However, with a little effort and resolve, ways and means are found.  

Today, we feature Dutchess County, New York, and their 2019 Municipal Innovation Grant Program. The program is a great example of helping smaller municipalities cope with the costs of improving accessibility for everyone and ensuring compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  County Executive Marc Molinaro said in a recent bulletin, “Dutchess County’s pledge to ‘ThinkDIFFERENTLY’ about our friends and neighbors living with disabilities is unparalleled, and these grant awards are the latest fulfillment of that promise.”

We here at BlueDAG hope to see more initiatives like the Dutchess County 2019 Municipal Innovation Grant Program in the future. Don’t you?

Source
Molinaro Announces $112,000 in Accessibility Awards
Dutchess County Bulletin
July 26, 2019
https://bit.ly/31dHPuT

ADA 101 – Door and Gate Surfaces

404.2.10 Door and Gate Surfaces - Swinging door and gate surfaces within 10 inches of the finish floor or ground measured vertically shall have a smooth surface on the push side extending the full width of the door or gate. Parts creating horizontal or vertical joints in these surfaces shall be within 1/16 inch of the same plane as the other. Cavities created by added kick plates shall be capped.

2010 ADAS 404.2.10 – Door and Gate Surfaces

Swinging door and gate surfaces within 10 inches of the finish floor or ground measured vertically shall have a smooth surface on the push side extending the full width of the door or gate. Parts creating horizontal or vertical joints in these surfaces shall be within 1/16 inch of the same plane as the other. Cavities created by added kick plates shall be capped.

Code 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 – Handrail Extensions at Ramps

505.10.1 Handrail Extensions at Ramps Ramp handrails shall extend horizontally above the landing for 12 inches minimum beyond the top and bottom of ramp runs. Extensions shall return to a wall, guard, or the landing surface, or shall be continuous to the handrail of an adjacent ramp run.

2010 ADAS 505.10.1 – Handrail Extensions at Ramps

Ramp handrails shall extend horizontally above the landing for 12 inches minimum beyond the top and bottom of ramp runs. Extensions shall return to a wall, guard, or the landing surface, or shall be continuous to the handrail of an adjacent ramp run.

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

Seguin City Council Unanimously Approves BlueDAG for ADA Support

The City of Seguin, Texas, is the latest municipality to take the challenge of ADA compliance head on with the support of BlueDAG.  “While the City of Seguin changed its policies to ensure new street and sidewalk projects meet ADA code, and made other city projects ADA compliant such as Park West, it has never formally adopted a transition plan”, Seguin City Attorney Andy Quittner said.   BlueDAG provides municipalities with a robust set of tools that help identify and manage ADA barriers, and seamlessly integrate them into a living transition plan. Many local governments are developing their ADA transition plans to ensure their communities are accessible to all and in compliance with Title II requirements.   All of us at BlueDAG look forward to working with another group of dedicated public servants to help create an accessible and inclusive community.  Source: City to create ADA plans for facilities Valerie Bustamante, The Seguin Gazette July 5, 2019 http://seguingazette.com/alert/article_794f923a-9ddc-11e9-acbb-57c322c8e3a5.html

The City of Seguin, Texas, is the latest municipality to take the challenge of ADA compliance head on with the support of BlueDAG.  “While the City of Seguin changed its policies to ensure new street and sidewalk projects meet ADA code, and made other city projects ADA compliant such as Park West, it has never formally adopted a transition plan”, Seguin City Attorney Andy Quittner said. 

BlueDAG provides municipalities with a robust set of tools that help identify and manage ADA barriers, and seamlessly integrate them into a living transition plan. Many local governments are developing their ADA transition plans to ensure their communities are accessible to all and in compliance with Title II requirements. 

All of us at BlueDAG look forward to working with another group of dedicated public servants to help create an accessible and inclusive community.

Source:
City to create ADA plans for facilities
Valerie Bustamante, The Seguin Gazette
July 5, 2019
http://seguingazette.com/alert/article_794f923a-9ddc-11e9-acbb-57c322c8e3a5.html

 

ADA 101 – Protruding Object Limits

307.2 - Protruding Object LimitsObjects with leading edges more than 27 inches and not more than 80 inches above the finish floor or ground shall protrude 4 inches maximum horizontally into the circulation path. As an exception, handrails shall be permitted to protrude 4 1/2 inches maximum.Code according to 2010 ADAS. Check your state’s accessibility laws. Some states such as California, Georgia and Florida have additional requirements and standards.

2010 ADAS 307.2 – Protruding Object Limits

Objects with leading edges more than 27 inches and not more than 80 inches above the finish floor or ground shall protrude 4 inches maximum horizontally into the circulation path. As an exception, handrails shall be permitted to protrude 4 1/2 inches maximum.

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

Fueled by Lawsuits, Website Accessibility is a Hot Topic 

Blue scales with computer coding terms

The Americans with Disabilities Act has been law for more than 28 years. For most, ADA compliance brings to mind things like curb ramps or tenji blocks. However in the internet age, companies and government agencies alike must consider the accessibility of digital content, typically provided to the public through websites.  

Website accessibility lawsuits nearly tripled last year across the country. There were 814 cases in 2017. That ballooned 177 percent last year, to 2,258, according to an analysis from the law firm Seyfarth Shaw.

Local governments in particular have a responsibility and a legal mandate to provide accessible options for things like agenda items, policies, and publications.  While web accessibility guidelines are not yet an official requirement of federal ADA regulations, best practices do exist and failure to implement them can result in legal judgments.  Creating accessible and inclusive communities, including digital spaces, is something all civic leaders should strive for.

Source:
Charlotte County to pay $10,500 over ADA lawsuit; make website more accessible
Andrea Praegitzer, Sun Port Charlotte
Jun 22, 2019
https://www.yoursun.com/charlotte/county-to-pay-over-ada-lawsuit-make-its-website-more/article_dba5a7ee-93b4-11e9-865b-a32c1491f053.html

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