The Americans with Disabilities Act is designed to ensure that public spaces are accessible to all Americans, regardless of their physical abilities. However, complying with the ADA can be tricky for business owners. It’s important that you familiarize yourself with the ADA so that you can ensure you’re addressing any areas of concern. Keep reading to learn 4 key areas of your business that you should check if you’re concerned about your business’s ADA compliance.
Entrances and Exits
One of the most important areas of your business that must be accessible is the entrance/exit to your business. Individuals with physical disabilities must be able to get into and out of your place of business, regardless of whether they’re using a cane, walker, or wheelchair. This generally means that you need a ramp leading to the doorway of your business space.
If you purchased or are renting a space that simply does not allow for a ramp to be added to the front door, you could opt to add one to a rear entrance that might be more accessible. Temporary, portable wheelchair ramps can also be purchased and placed over the top of the stairs when a customer with a physical disability arrives.
Having a larger stall for those with physical disabilities is far from the only thing required if you want to be compliant with the ADA. There are very specific requirements associated with bathroom stalls, and you must comply with all of them if you hope to avoid complications like ADA lawsuits. Here are some of the requirements to keep in mind when checking your bathroom for ADA compliance:
If you find that your bathroom is not compliant with any of these areas, you may need to do extensive renovations to bring it up to code.
Many business owners don’t realize that navigational signs within your building must also meet certain requirements set by the ADA to ensure all customers can read and use these signs. Here are some requirements you should be aware of:
There are other requirements for signage, depending on the type of sign being discussed. Make sure you fully understand the varying requirements between informational and directional/navigational signs and how to apply those ADA requirements correctly.
Because it’s not a part of your physical business, many business owners overlook the ADA requirements for their business’s website. However, the ADA’s requirements apply to all the goods, services, privileges, activities, and communications that your business offers to the public—and that includes anything offered on your website. Unfortunately, the requirements for online accessibility are much more vague than those for your physical location, so ensuring you’re in compliance can be difficult. Here are a few key common issues to look out for on your website that might make it inaccessible:
Work with a web designed to ensure that accessibility concerns for your website are quickly addressed.
Get Help with ADA Lawsuits and Complaints
Though the purpose of the ADA is a good one, unfortunately, many people take advantage of ADA compliance issues to file frivolous lawsuits against business owners. If you’ve been the target of an ADA lawsuit or complaint, contact The Harr Law Firm today to get the representation you deserve.