Checklist for ADA Signs and Compliance

If you are thinking that all you need to do in order to be ADA compliant is to have ADA signs put up in and around your establishment, then you are wrong. You actually need to follow a number of guidelines set by the government in order for you to be considered within specifications for ADA compliance. Different types of businesses also have different guidelines to follow.

Establishments that serve food to their clientele need to follow a different set of rules as businesses who sell clothing or those that are built for education. To help you understand what these rules are, here are some of the things you need to take care of:

  • General Accessibility – you need to provide people with disabilities the kind of access that makes it easy for them to get to and into your business. This includes parking spaces, wheelchair ramps, elevators and the like. You cannot just put ramps anywhere, or have these created in any height, length or form that you want. These still need to follow set rules for their creation in order for these to be usable and safe for those who need them.
  • Accessibility of Food Service Areas – you will also need to provide people with the right accessibility to food service areas in your establishment. This mean that you need to properly plan the placement of chairs, tables, counters and seats in your restaurant or cafeteria. You also need to consider the height of these elements in relation to wheelchairs as well as the distance between each element to make for ease of moving around when in a wheelchair.
  • Restroom Access – also included in the list of things you need to plan for is the accessibility of your restrooms, the ADA compliant signs used on these and the availability of a stall that is wheelchair accessible. These need to be considered in order for your business to be considered compliant with the standards that the ADA has set for restaurants and cafeterias. There has to be enough space for wheelchairs to move around in while in the bathroom, while heading to and from the bathroom and while in the cubicle designated for use by people in wheelchairs.

These are but a few of the things you need to have on your list when you are renovating or constructing a building to house a restaurant or cafeteria. Other establishments such as hotels, schools, stadiums and office buildings also have their own lists of compliance issues that need to be addressed before the government deems them fit to be called ADA compliant.