For those who are thinking of putting up buildings or are going into a business that requires the use of buildings, there are a number of things that need to be considered. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, certain technical and scoping requirements need to be met in order for a building or establishment to be considered compliant. The construction and alteration of these establishments need to follow certain guidelines for accessibility or else these will face fines and penalties that will be imposed by the Department of Justice.

There are many considerations and rules that have to be followed in order for an establishment to be found within regulations. Some of these considerations include space allowances and reaches, accessible routes, removal of protruding objects and parking as well as passenger loading zones. Also included in the design and construction considerations are curb ramps, elevators and entrances that allow for easy accessibility.

Another thing included in the general rules and guidelines for facilities and buildings are considerations for bathrooms. When it comes to these facilities, a number of rules need to be followed. Rules like standard toilet stall sizes, toilet heights, handrails and easy to open doors are some of the things that businesses and buildings need to make sure are compliant.

Another portion of the ADA that needs to considered and followed is the one that covers signages. There are actually a lot of rules that cover signages. One of the rules that you need to take into consideration is the color contrast of your signs. Another couple of rules that have to be taken seriously are the ones that cover the kind of font you use and the size of the characters that are used on your signs.

Familiarizing yourself with these general ADA rules for buildings and establishments that are either to be constructed or renovated may take a bit of time. Knowing what needs to be done and how things should be designed before construction begins will help you make sure that you are compliant with this law. It will also help you avoid the possibility of fines and penalties should you fall short of these rules and guidelines. For further reading, you can check out http://www.access-board.gov/adaag/html/adaag.htm.