Is Your Business ADA Compliant?
As a business owner, one of your top priorities should be making sure that your business is ADA friendly. ADA compliance is necessary if you want to avoid hefty fines upwards of $55,000. You're responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities.
But how do you know if your business is ADA compliant? Where should you make changes to ensure that you're meeting all necessary ADA requirements?
Let's talk about it. Keep reading to learn all about making your business as handicap-friendly as possible.
Accessible parking is crucial if you want to have an ADA-compliant workplace. These parking spots are for both employees and customers (or clients) and they should be as close to the entryway of the building as possible.
To make them accessible for wheelchair-accessible vehicles, there should be ample space on either side. This way, someone can exit their vehicle with or without assistance if they're in a wheelchair or scooter.
There should be more than enough parking spots and you should do your best to enforce them. There should also be nothing blocking the path between the parking spot and the entryway to your building.
Speaking of entryways, make sure that they're accessible to people who use wheelchairs and mobility scooters. There should be a way for employees and visitors to open the doors without having to pull them open.
If the door is elevated, it will be inaccessible for people who use mobility aids. In this case, you should have a wheelchair-accessible ramp. Only one entryway needs to be wheelchair-accessible.
No Architectural Barriers
Many people don't consider the "smaller" things that could be barriers for people with disabilities. These architectural barriers need to be removed if you want complete ADA compliance.
These things include anything that can get in the way of someone who is using a wheelchair or scooter. Fixed furniture, inaccessible restrooms, narrow hallways, and high counters can all be architectural barriers.
Digital ADA Compliance
With more and more businesses moving a lot of their work online, you should also consider digital compliance. Digital compliance is becoming more widespread and it's always changing to create more accessibility.
Make sure that your videos or audio content have captions or transcripts. This allows people who are hard-of-hearing to access your content.
It's also helpful to provide materials that can be read to someone who have poor vision with an assisted reading device.
Digital compliance is no less important than physical compliance. Businesses can receive fines and lawsuits for digital noncompliance.
Is Your Business ADA Friendly?
If you haven't made proper accommodations for people with disabilities, your business is not ADA friendly. It's important to make these changes if you want to avoid hefty fines and lawsuits.
When in doubt, talk to an accessibility expert for help. ADA compliance is your responsibility.
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