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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.

For more information, please visit our YouTube channel and view our videos. To see our videos click here.

For the President's interview with Hampton Roads Business Live, click here.

To see how high school student, Archer Hadley, created a positive challenge for ADA Access, click here.

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.


See their mission and information in an earlier post.  Lets Open Doors HERO OF THE MONTH.


                                                                 LETS OPEN DOORS HERO OF THE MONTH!


Lets Open Doors is very appreciative of FREE, this fellow volunteer organization, supporting those who face their daily tasks we take for granted in our daily lives.  Working together, we can help our Virginians have the needed equal and real ACCOMMODATION.



FREE would like you to consider donating to our organization whether it be equipment, money to fix/buy equipment, or your time. We are always looking to help those in need. 


With FREE having 6 chapters spread throughout Virginia, we were able to donate nearly 2,000 pieces of equipment to disabled Virginians in 2016. Without our communities, we would not have been able to help as many disabled people maximize their functional independence and improve their quality of life.




To acquire and provide mobility related rehabilitative equipment to maximize functional independence and improve quality of life.


A Virginia where every need for mobility related rehabilitative equipment is fulfilled.

The F.R.E.E Foundation is a volunteer-led non-profit that provides mobility rehabilitation equipment to help people regain their mobility and independence.  F.R.E.E. collects, sanitizes, repairs and gifts donated mobility equipment to uninsured and underinsured adults in Virginia. When F.R.E.E. gifts equipment, falls and medical costs drop by over 80%. Those in need regain their mobility and independence and Virginians save millions of dollars annually. 



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:

People with disabilities are the largest minority and fastest growing in the US They control $ 1 billion in annual revenue. They have friends, family and coworkers who accompany them to events and excursions.And use companies and facilities that are accessible to them.

How can companies provide access to people with disabilities? They can start by opening their doors, literally. Accessible doors welcome all, and are required by law.


The first paragraph states in this article:

 The doors are some of the most common problems of accessibility. They may be too "heavy" and require a lot of force to open. Heavy doors are especially difficult for people with disabilities and older people with limited strength in the upper body and / or limited use of their hands skills. Perhaps the doors close too quickly for some people to pass through them easily. People who move slowly or use mobility devices such as wheelchairs or walkers may not be able to pass through the door fast enough. Fortunately, these common problems often be solved simply by adjusting the closers. Follow these steps to make sure your doors are accessible to all.  It continues…

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 your business has ADA compliant door hardware…

Business Heroes:

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@ or It will go on our Heroes page!

That's how you become a partner with 750,000 Hampton Roads consumers. We say THANKS by advertising your business on our website for free! We hope you'll experience more customers who appreciate the welcome of your open door!


New Online Resources


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For the FIRST Virginia Beach Mall of 10 tenancies or less

When all tenancies fill out applications



Let's Open Doors


                                         GIVES $$$ TO YOU TO GIVE ACCESSIBILITY TO YOUR PATRONS

ADA compliant door hardware (REIMBURSED) and installed FREE

 by the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office



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                                                               Lets Open Doors is a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation EIN 46-3855294 





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