ADA

  • ADA Marks 24 Years: Know the Guidelines to Stay Compliant

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    As the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) marked its 24th anniversary recently, it continues to evolve. The most recent example is New York State’s summer adoption of new legislation calling for the update of handicapped signage and logos. The new signs will not include “handicapped”; instead, using the word “accessible.” The logo will also depict a more “active” image. Whether or not you live or work in New York, Read More

  • New York Updates Look of Handicapped Signage

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    Handicapped signs in New York State will soon have a new look.  On July 25, 2014, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that calls for the replacement of the current logo with one depicting a more active individual in a wheelchair. The word “handicapped” will also be eliminated from new signage. It will be replaced with the word “accessible.” Like the current handicapped symbol, the new one is also Read More

  • Virtual Parking Lot and Spring Cleaning Kits: Spring Cleaning Made Easier

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    Even though our current weather is still on the cold side in a lot of places, it's safe to say spring is slowly but surely making itself felt. And everyone knows what follows spring: spring cleaning. Considering the rather harsh cold weather we experienced recently, it should come as no surprise to anyone how potentially big spring Read More

  • The 4 fundamental ADA general requirements

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    There have been a lot of articles covering the nitty-gritty of individual Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) policies and procedures. While pouring over these it came to my attention that there are a number of businesses that tend to follow the rule of the law without understanding the spirit of it. What I mean by that is people follow the law to the letter without finding out Read More

  • Hospital Signs: Finding Ways to Improve Your Hospital Experience

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    Hospital "H" Signs Let’s face it: nobody wants to get hospitalized. Also, nobody wants a loved one ending up in a hospital as a patient either. It is usually a traumatic and stressful experience that no one ever hopes to get into. As overwhelming and unsettling this occurrence may be, it is sometimes necessary and unavoidable. Locating the Hospital with Ease One of Read More

  • What does the ADA require in new construction?

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    According to the Americans with Disabilities Act - It is required that all new construction of places of public accommodation, as well as of "commercial facilities" such as office buildings, be accessible. Elevators are generally not required in facilities under three stories or with fewer than 3,000 square feet per floor, unless the building is a shopping center or mall; the professional office of a health care Read More

  • Over 1,000 ADA Lawsuits By Just One Man

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    Over 20 years ago Scott Johnson, a lawyer, was a in a terrible accident caused by a drunk driver that left him paralyzed.  Since 2003, Johnson has been a plaintiff in over 1,000 ADA lawsuits and won over $6 million in settlements.  Johnson states “I'm an attorney and I enforce the Americans with Disabilities Act,” It’s been a law on the books now for 20 years."  With a team of assistants working Read More

  • Emergency Preparedness For The Disabled

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     It is important for all places to have an emergency preparedness plan that is well thought out and can be executed in case of emergency or disaster.   But do those plans incorporate a procedure for people with disabilities?  There are over 41 million in the US that have some type of disability.   After the attacks of September 11, 2001,  the NOD  (National Organization on Disability) began a program to launch an Emergency Preparedness Initiative Read More

  • ADA Laws Hold Big Penalties For Non-Compliance

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    In a recent case, the D.O.J. ordered a group of apartment complex developers to pay a whopping $350,000 to compensate the disabled people they harmed by building the complexes without accessibility for people with disabilities. The U.S. Justice Department has announced a settlement of its lawsuit alleging that the owners and developers involved in the design and construction of 21 multifamily housing complexes in Tennessee Read More

  • Complying with ADA Signage Regulations

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    Where to Comply • ADA Signs which designate permanent rooms and spaces • ADA Signs which provide direction to, or information about, functional spaces of the building Sign Specifications • Raised and Brailled characters and pictograms • According to 4.30.4 of 28 CFR Part 36, the raised character height must be a minimum of 5/8" Read More

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