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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Basics
How to comply with (ADA) in the real world
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was established to ensure that people with disabilities have equal access to transit, stores, restaurants, and other businesses. The act itself prevents anyone from being discriminated against on the basis of disability. The ADA has set requirements for making properties and businesses accessible through construction guidelines.
The ADA recommends reviewing your business policies to make sure your compliance is comprehensive. Most of the time, accommodation is fairly inexpensive. It's really best to think ahead construction, incorporating accessibility features is typically less than 1 percent of construction costs, according to the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission.
We are experts on the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements for design and construction of public facilities. We understand real life design and construction issues and provide strategies to address common issues encountered. ADA Compliance Team stays up to date with the latest ADA compliance standards and real life situations encountered by people with disabilities.
The ADA contains a lot of commonly known provisions from providing ramps or elevators for wheelchair-bound employees, to really technical provisions such as minimum widths for doorways and the number of required accessible parking spaces. Complying with the act allows for tax breaks and deductions for your property or business, but penalties in ADA lawsuits can be expensive.
Who is responsible for complying with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Businesses with at least 15 employees.
- Both landlord and tenant of the business. But the two parties can determine who is responsible for complying with the obligations through a lease or other contract.
- State and local government services, programs and activities, including public education and social services, state legislatures and courts, town meetings, police and fire departments, employment services, and public transportation.
- Commercial facilities, including privately owned businesses of all sizes such as stores and shops, restaurants and bars, theaters, hotels, recreation facilities, private museums, doctor's offices, health spas, convention centers and doctors' offices.
- Any business that serves the public must remove physical barriers when "readily achievable," which means it can be done without much difficulty or expense. But the ADA is flexible: The "readily achievable" label depends on the size and resources of your business. Larger companies are expected to take a more active role than smaller ones. Compliance can be an ongoing process, so the ADA allows businesses to create a plan to remove barriers over time as resources become available
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ADA enforcement is a complaint driven process. Many business owners of San Diego County and Riverside County are surprised to learn that government officials do not make visits to businesses to see if they are ADA compliant. However, once someone has filed a formal complaint, various government agencies are responsible for conducting an investigation and taking legal action.
ADA Compliance Team can provide you with the most up to date, cost effective methods to make your business comply with all Americans with Disabilities Act standards.
Were you unexpectedly served with an ADA lawsuit in San Diego County or Riverside County? While the ADA has protected countless disabled individuals from becoming the victims of discrimination, it has become the subject of litigation abuse in California. Most of the businesses do not even know they are violating the ADA until they are summoned to appear in court.
When a commercial facility is in violation of the ADA, it is almost always best to bring the subject property into compliance immediately. Showing documented compliance efforts, along with the written evaluations and plans required by the ADA, provide your strongest defense in court.