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Justice Department Reaches Settlement with Ridgewood Preparatory School for ADA Violations

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The Justice Department entered into a settlement agreement with Ridgewood Preparatory School (Ridgewood) under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Ridgewood is a private, nonsectarian school that provides education to children in prekindergarten to twelfth grade. The agreement resolves allegations that Ridgewood violated the ADA by denying a child with spina bifida admission to its pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs on the basis of his disability, failing to reasonably modify its policies, practices, and procedures to enable the child to access the school’s programs, and failing to ensure that its buildings and facilities are accessible to people with disabilities. The Department’s investigation found that the school, among other things, had inaccessible doors, walkways, and bathrooms.

The three-year agreement requires Ridgewood to offer two years of tuition-free enrollment to the child and, upon enrollment, provide him with reasonable modifications. Ridgewood will also modify its facilities to make them accessible to individuals with disabilities, revise its policies to ensure compliance with the ADA, train relevant staff, and pay a $1,000 civil penalty to the United States.

Continue reading at https://www.ada.gov/ridgewood_prep_sa.html.

ADA 101 – Unobstructed Side Reach

ADA 101 info graphic with ADAS 2010 section 308.3.1 code text and example pictures 2010 ADAS 308.3.1 Unobstructed Side Reach

Where a clear floor or ground space allows a parallel approach to an element and the side reach is unobstructed, the high side reach shall be 48 inches maximum and the low side reach shall be 15 inches minimum above the finish floor or ground.

EXCEPTIONS:
1. An obstruction shall be permitted between the clear floor or ground space and the element where the depth of the obstruction is 10 inches maximum.

2. Operable parts of fuel dispensers shall be permitted to be 54 inches maximum measured from the surface of the vehicular way where fuel dispensers are installed on existing curbs.

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

Understanding Wheelchair Maneuvering

The ADA standards address access for those using various mobility aids with a set of prescribed maneuvering clearances, reach ranges, and floor surfaces. Some provisions are best understood in relation to the use of wheelchairs and powered devices. In an effort to help clarify the standards, the United State Access Board has created an animated video (below) that explains them in context and why they are important in creating an accessible environment.

For more information on this and other standards, please visit the Guide to the ADA Standards section of the United State Access Board website.

Understanding Accessible Maneuvering Clearances at Doors

Understanding maneuvering clearances required by ADA standards are critically important to ensuring people with disabilities can truly access the built environments around them. Maneuvering clearances at doors, doorways, and gates need to provide enough space for people using wheelchairs, walkers, and other mobility aids, to open and proceed through them. In an effort to help clarify the standards, the United State Access Board has created an animated video (below) that explains them in context and why they are important in creating an accessible environment.

 

For more information on this and other standards, please visit the Guide to the ADA Standards section of the United State Access Board website.

ADA 101 – Rear Wall Grab Bar at Water Closets

ADA 101 info graphic with ADAS 2010 section 604.5.2 code text and example pictures 2010 ADAS 604.5.2 Rear Grab Bar at Water Closets

The rear wall grab bar shall be 36 inches long minimum and extend from the centerline of the water closet 12 inches minimum on one side and 24 inches minimum on the other side.

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

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