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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.

* Regulation according to 28 CFR 35.163. Only a portion of the law was included in this media. Check additional sections and your state’s accessibility laws for further details.

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

ADA 101 info graphic with ADAS 2010 section 502.2 code and example pictures

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.

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 – Changes in Ground Surface or Floor Level

ADA 101 info graphic with ADAS sections 303.2 and 303.3 code and example pictures

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.

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

 

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.

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

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/

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