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ADA 101 – Curb Ramp Landings

406.4 - Curb Ramp Landings  Landings shall be provided at the tops of  curb ramps. The landing clear length shall be 36 inches minimum. The landing clear width shall be at least as wide as the curb ramp, excluding flared sides, leading to the landing. In alterations, where there is no landing at the top of curb ramps,  curb ramp flares shall be provided and  shall not be steeper than 1:12.

2010 ADAS 406.4 – Curb Ramp Landings

Landings shall be provided at the tops of curb ramps. The landing clear length shall be 36 inches minimum. The landing clear width shall be at least as wide as the curb ramp, excluding flared sides, leading to the landing. In alterations, where there is no landing at the top of curb ramps, curb ramp flares shall be provided and shall not be steeper than 1:12.

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

Communities Nation Wide Focus on ADA Accessible Parks

Southbend ADA Accessible Playground

Improving parks and recreation accessibility to all is a hot topic right now. We’ve highlighted the great work done in communities such as the Town of Sudbury, Massachusetts and City of Moscow, Idaho in the past, and now we spotlight South Bend, Indiana. Construction is already underway at Howard Park that will feature playground equipment that is 75% ADA accessible. South Bend Venues, Parks & Arts Executive Director Aaron Perri says, “We don’t think that there’s going to be anything like this playground anywhere nearby.”  The design is inspired by beauty of the St. Joseph River that flows through northern Indiana on its way to Lake Michigan. The design recently won the parks department a $30,000 grant from National Recreation Park Association and Disney. ADA initiatives for parks and recreation programs are rapidly moving to the forefront of public efforts to create accessible spaces for all. Proactive municipal leaders are using this momentum to ensure ADA compliance is integrated into future community enhancement planning.

Source:
New ADA accessible South Bend playground expected to be largest in the area
Michiana WSBT News 22
Jun 13, 2019
https://wsbt.com/news/local/new-ada-accessible-south-bend-playground-expected-to-be-largest-in-the-area

Feds Close Review of Cedar Rapids ADA Compliance Work

Feds wraps review of Cedar Rapids ADA Compliance Work Since 2015, the City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has worked diligently to improve access to its facilities and sidewalks for people with disabilities. The City has invested $18 million in the ambitious effort to do community wide improvements including the installation of 4,000 curb ramps.

Since 2015, the City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has worked diligently to improve access to its facilities and sidewalks for people with disabilities. The City has invested $18 million in the ambitious effort to do community wide improvements including the installation of 4,000 curb ramps. Deputy City Manager Sandi Fowler is proud of the work done and says, “Our citizens are probably living in one of the most compliant cities in the country right now.”  Moving forward Fowler says the city plans to spend an additional $12 million on future projects to build on the great work already accomplished. While it does take a lot of coordinated work and investment, being compliant with the ADA is not just about avoiding penalties. Creating accessible and inclusive communities is something all civic leaders should strive for.

Source:
Cedar Rapids officials report feds ‘close the file’ on their ADA compliance work
ABC 9 News KCRG
Jun 11, 2019
https://www.kcrg.com/content/news/Cedar-Rapids-officials-report-feds-close-the-file-on-their-ADA-compliance-work-511143932.html

Courts Rule Subway Station Accessibility Lawsuit Can Proceed

Public transit is a major resources for senior citizens and those with disabilities to get around without having to rely on care givers or private transportation services. That is one of the key reasons public transit must be made accessible to them. Recently, the New York Supreme Court ruled that a lawsuit against inaccessible subways stations could proceed. The judge presiding over the case ruled that there was substantial evidence that people with disabilities were being discriminated in public spaces. According to the plaintiff, only 25% of the subways system’s 472 stations provide elevator access. This case is just one of many against public transit systems that have failed to remediate access barriers to their buses and mass transit vehicles.

Public transit is a major resources for senior citizens and those with disabilities to get around without having to rely on care givers or private transportation services. That is one of the key reasons public transit must be made accessible to them. Recently, the New York Supreme Court ruled that a lawsuit against inaccessible subways stations could proceed. The judge presiding over the case ruled that there was substantial evidence that people with disabilities were being discriminated in public spaces. According to the plaintiff, only 25% of the subway system’s 472 stations provide elevator access. This case is just one of many against public transit systems that have failed to remediate access barriers to their buses and mass transit vehicles.

Source:
Subway station accessibility lawsuit against MTA can proceed
Vincent Barone, AM New York
June 5, 2019
https://www.amny.com/transit/subway-accessibility-nyc-1.32021995

ADA 101 – Title II Existing Facilities

Title II 35.150 - Existing Facilities A public entity must operate each service, program, or activity so that the service, program, or activity, when viewed in its entirety, is readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities. This does not require a public entity to take any action that it can demonstrate would result in a fundamental alteration in the nature of a service, program, or activity or in undue financial and administrative burdens. A public entity may comply with these requirements through such means as redesign or acquisition of equipment, reassignment of services to accessible buildings, alteration of existing facilities and construction of new facilities, or any other methods that result in making its services, programs, or activities readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities. * Regulation according to A28 CFR 35.150. Only a portion of the law was included in this media. Check additional sections and your state’s accessibility laws for further details.ADA Title II 35.150 – Existing Facilities

A public entity must operate each service, program, or activity so that the service, program, or activity, when viewed in its entirety, is readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.

This does not require a public entity to take any action that it can demonstrate would result in a fundamental alteration in the nature of a service, program, or activity or in undue financial and administrative burdens.

A public entity may comply with these requirements through such means as redesign or acquisition of equipment, reassignment of services to accessible buildings, alteration of existing facilities and construction of new facilities, or any other methods that result in making its services, programs, or activities readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.

* Regulation according to 28 CFR 35.150. Only a portion of the law was included in this media. Check additional sections and your state’s accessibility laws for further details.

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.

* Regulation according to 28 CFR 35.136. Only a portion of the law was included in this media. Check additional sections and your state’s accessibility laws for further details.

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

 

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