The ADA requires that new construction and alterations to existing facilities comply with the ADA Standards for Accessible Design1 (Standards). ADA requirements for new construction and alterations include detailed provisions for elements, spaces, and facilities. Successful accessibility is often measured in inches, so attention to detail can make the difference between achieving access and excluding or injuring someone. When the ADA's minimum requirements are not met, the results can limit or exclude a person with a disability and can be dangerous. For example, when a curb ramp extends into an access aisle at an accessible parking space, a person using a wheelchair may not be able to get out of the car or van. When the slope of a sidewalk that is an accessible route becomes steeper than 1 to 20, railings and edge protection are required for safe use. Objects that project into circulation spaces from the side or that do not provide at least 80 inches of head clearance can be extremely hazardous to people who are blind or who have low vision.
Using a qualified ADA contractor can insure that your project will be constructed correctly the first time and help you avoid the liability associated with improper construction. S R Stanley is a detail orented ADA specialist. Call us for your next ADA project and we will be happy to offer a free consultation.