Aside from having ADA compliant signs for your establishment, there are a few other things that you need to do in order for your business to be totally compliant. The compliance guidelines that you need to follow often varies from business to business, with specific requirements being outlined for each type of industry.

For cafeterias and restaurants, here are some of the things you might need to keep in mind when it comes to ADA compliance:


  • General Accessibility Issues – there are a number of accessibility requirements that need to be addressed when you think about ADA compliance for restaurants and cafeterias. Parking and drop off areas, route of travel, ramps and entrances need to meet accessibility guidelines set by the government in order for you to be deemed compliant.


  • Food Service Area Accessibility – aside from general accessibility rules, your establishment also needs to meet standards for proper access by people with disabilities. This covers the placement of tables, counters and seats in your cafeteria or restaurant. As such, considerations for table height, the distance between chairs and tables, cashier counter height and even wheelchair spaces at tables also need to be considered.


  • Restroom Access – access to your restrooms also needs to be planned in order for these to be fit for ADA standards. Concerns include whether or not the size of the aisles or paths that head to your restrooms are right, and if the doors to these restrooms have accessible handles. These bathroom doors also need to be easy to open and these stalls should have enough space for wheelchairs to maneuver in.


  • Stall Access – aside from general accessibility concerns for getting to and from the restroom, stall accessibility problems also need to be addressed. Do your accessible stalls have grab bars and do the doors to these stalls have ample swing room? Are the toilet seats in these stalls of the right height for people with disabilities to easily use?


Accessibility concerns also include different kinds of ADA signages that have to be put up for compliance and to help direct people with disabilities where to go for easy access. Parking lots need signs that reserve the right parking spots. Bathrooms need signs that are tactile and have the right color contrast. Ramp signs that show people in wheelchairs where they can easily pass and other similar signs that aid people with disabilities are also part of the requirements you have to meet in order to be as ADA compliant as possible.