Engraved Signs

When buildings are built or renovated, the general rule is for these to follow ADA accessibility standards. Aside from using ADA compliant engraved signs and facilities for accessibility like ramps and elevators, these establishments should also remove any obstructions that make it difficult for people with disabilities to pass through or gain access. While these rules do cover almost all establishments that the public can go to, there are some buildings and structures that are exempted from needing to adhere to such guidelines.

To help you understand what these are and why these are exempted from ADA guidelines, as well as how to deal with these, here are some of the exemptions:

-      Not all buildings can easily be altered or can have accessible features where these are needed due to unique terrain characteristics. When a building’s terrain makes it impracticable to include certain accessibility options in some areas, only the parts of the building that can accommodate such features will be required to have accessibility options added in.

-      When a raised area is constructed for the purpose of safety or security, these do not need to have accessibility options added to them. Examples of these areas include lifeguard towers, prison guard towers, lookout galleries and fire towers.

-      Crawl spaces, ladders and catwalks that are not made to be occupied but are used as access paths also do not need to comply with ADA guidelines for accessibility. These do not need to have ADA compliant signs either. Other examples that can also considered access paths that need not be used by people with disabilities include narrow passageways, tunnels and freight elevators that are not made to carry passengers.

-      Structures that are made for the use of referees or judges for sporting events are also exempt from the need to follow ADA guidelines.

-      Areas that the general public do not need to access, and are generally accessible only by maintenance personnel and qualified experts, do not need to carry ADA compliant signage or to follow ADA rules for accessibility.

-      Fighting rings made for wrestling or boxing are also ADA compliance exempt.

These are just a few of the places that do not need to carry ADA compliant engraved signs or to have accessibility options on them. Most other places that are open to the general populace however need to have ADA signs in the right places as well as ramps, elevators and other accessibility options available in the places that the government mandates these should be found.