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Violation of Access
Doors with panel type exterior door hardware require pinching the handle to open the door, and when fully opened at a 90 degree angle, a person’s hand can be caught trying to release the handle. This especially happens when trying to maneuver a walker or wheelchair by an individual or by a caregiver pushing a wheelchair. The door pressure is too great, which makes the door swing shut too quickly, causing the door to strike the person and/or the adaptive equipment used, thereby, increasing the danger of falling.
Violation of Egress
Doors with panel type hardware have square one inch interior bar with large panel at crucial point of crossing a threshold, making egress dangerous for someone using a walker or wheelchair. The person with cognitive or physical problems has difficulty changing hand position with one hand holding the door, while at the same time trying to maneuver the wheelchair or the walker with the other hand. This can cause a fall or at the very least, being hit by the door as it closes against the adaptive equipment or person. It can be frightening to a person physically or cognitively challenged.
Over-pressured Door Closers
While there is not a specified pressure limit for exterior doors, most exterior doors can be set at 8 lbs. of pressure, which has been compared to opening a refrigerator door and without being affected by wind. Door pressure can be set by a simple Allen wrench to open to 90%, delay 5 seconds, and close slowly and tightly. This adjustment is “readily achievable”.
ADA compliant hardware, including the loop handle, loop inner push bar and closer, is approximately $140.00, a benefit to business by expanding its potential clientele.
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If you want to help, please click here to download our brochure and give them to businesses you frequent to make them aware of this issue that affects all of us.
Please see this important information from the ADA NATIONAL NETWORK at their website below.
The information appears in Spanish and easily translates into English with a click on your computer.
The first paragraph states:
The first paragraph states in this article:
1. Measure the opening force and closing speed of the door
The ADA National Network DISABILITY LAW Handbook
Created by Jacquie Brennan Southwest ADA Center A program of ILRU
Public Accommodations and the ADA
What are “public accommodations” under the ADA?
Public accommodations are private businesses, both for-profit and not-for-profit. A place of public accommodation is a facility whose operations affect commerce and falls into at least one of these categories:
· Places of lodging (inns, hotels, or motels);
· Places that serve food or drink (restaurants and bars);
· Places of exhibition or entertainment (theaters, stadiums, arenas);
· Places of public gathering (auditoriums, convention centers);
· Sales or rental establishments (stores, shopping centers);
· Service establishments (banks, beauty shops, repair shops, funeral homes, gas stations, professional offices, pharmacies, hospitals);
· Public transportation terminals, depots or stations;
· Places of public display or collection (museums, libraries, galleries);
· Places of recreation (parks, zoos, amusement parks, gyms, pools);
· Places of education (nursery schools, elementary, secondary, undergraduate, or postgraduate schools, trade or technical schools);
· Social service center establishments (day care centers, senior citizen centers, homeless shelters, food banks, adoption agencies); or
· Places of exercise or recreation (gyms, spas, golf courses).
What does Title III of the ADA require from these places of public accommodation?
Places of public accommodation may not discriminate against people with disabilities and may not deny full and equal enjoyment of the goods and services they offer.
If we've missed your store with American Disability Act (ADA) compliant accessible door hardware, take a picture of it. Caption it with your contact information and send it to info@ letsopendoors.net or firstname.lastname@example.org. It will go on our Heroes page!
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For the FIRST Virginia Beach Mall of 10 tenancies or less
When all tenancies fill out applications
GIVES $$$ TO YOU TO GIVE ACCESSIBILITY TO YOUR PATRONS
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