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PRE-ADA DOOR HARDWARE PREVENTS EQUAL ACCESS TO GOODS AND SERVICES

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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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IS YOUR BUSINESS COMPLYING…ARE YOUR ENTRY DOORS ACCESSIBLE TO ALL?

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@ letsopendoors.net or letsopen4doors@gmail.com. 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!

 

ANNOUNCING…

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HOLIDAY ENTRANCE CONTEST

 

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

 

THANK YOU from ALL 

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     your patrons!

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

          

 

 

 

HOLIDAY ENTRANCE CONTEST

        Increase sales by accommodating your patrons*     

bellsLet's Open Doors

BE the first Virginia Beach mall of 10 or less businesses,

for which ALL tenants fill out applications for free installation

of ADA compliant hardware by the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office.

All businesses will receive reimbursement  of a

complete door hardware  set 

(door handle, inside door push bar, and closer) up to $160.00

 

Follow the directions found on the application below.

Each business is responsible for purchasing their own hardware.

Suggestions are given on the website for places to purchase, but can be acquired by the businesses wherever they choose

Once receipts are given to Lets Open Doors, reimbursement will be given upon installation.

*You will be in compliance with ADA and the Architectural Barriers Act, which states “it   is the ongoing obligation of public businesses to remove architectural barriers when “readily achievable”, citing “installing ADA door hardware” is “readily achievable”.

 

website letsopendoors.net  Contact info@letsopendoors.net or phone (757) 774-7935

APPLICATION for INSTALLATION OF ADA COMPLIANT HARDWARE

ADA COMPLIANT ENTRY DOOR HARDWARE

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA LICENSED BUSINESS APPLICATION FOR FREE INSTALLATION

 

1. The application must be signed by the owner or the authorized agent of the business, for which entry door hardware is to be installed. ONLY COMPLETE Applications will be accepted.  Incomplete applications will not be honored for free installation.  Download this application to complete and email to info@letsopendoors.net or mail to:

Lets Open Doors   115 88th St.     Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Lets Open Doors will acknowledge receipt of completed applications and will send the information to the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office. The licensed Virginia Beach, VA business will be contacted for a date of installation. All materials must be on site ready for installation or the request for free installation will be cancelled.

Name of Business______________________________________________________

Street Address of Business_______________________________________________

Owner or authorized agent of owner________________________________________

Virginia Beach, VA     Zip_________

Telephone No. __________________     Cell No. ____________________

2. BUSINESS IS REQUIRED TO PROVIDE ALL DOOR HARDWARE TO BE INSTALLED. ALL HARDWARE MUST BE ON SITE ON INSTALLATION DATE or owner will have to find another installer.

           One (1) ADA compliant Handle:                 Measurement _______inches

           One (1) ADA compliant Inner Door Bar:    Measurement________inches

          One (1) ADA compliant Closer (Pressure Mechanism) of choice ________ (check)

           Size of Exterior Door ____________Height ___________Width

3. Attach three (3) pictures of entry doors submitted with application:

Showing exterior handle  ____ (check)

Showing interior bar _____ (check)

             Showing opening/closing pressure mechanism ____ (check)

 

4. SIGN and  PRINT BOTH GENERAL LIABILITY RELEASE OF CLAIMS TO COMPLETE REGISTRATION:

1)  for LETS OPEN DOORS and 2) for VIRGINIA BEACH SHERIFF"S OFFICE.      

Submit your completed registration  to info@letsopendoors.net  or  mail to  LETS OPEN DOORS  115 88th Street  Virginia Beach, VA 23451.

Print out to show to Sheriff Office volunteers on the day of Installation.

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General Liability Release of Claims  for LETS OPEN DOORS, Inc.

 _______________________________________________________, for and in consideration of the installation services to be performed, at no cost to me, I, the undersigned, do hereby release and forever discharge Let’s Open Doors, Inc., a Virginia Non-Stock Corporation, its agents, employees, directors, officers, members, legal representatives, volunteers, successors and assigns, and their respective heirs, personal representatives, affiliates, successors and assigns, and any and all persons, firms or corporations liable or who might be claimed to be liable, whether or not herein named, none of whom admit any liability to the undersigned, but all expressly denying liability, from any and all claims, demands, damages, actions, causes of action or suits of any kind or nature whatsoever, which I now have or may hereafter have, arising out of or in any way relating to any and all injuries and damages of any and every kind, to both person and property, and also any and all injuries and damages that may develop in the future, as a result of or in any way relating to the following:

               Removal of old hardware and Installation of ADA compliant exterior and interior entry door hardware  

It is understood and agreed that the completion of the install will serve as complete settlement and satisfaction of the causes of action, claims and demands mentioned herein; that the parties agree not to make claim or take proceedings against any other party, person or entity which might claim contribution or indemnity under any statute or otherwise; that this Release contains the entire agreement between the parties; and that the terms of this Agreement are contractual and not merely a recital. Furthermore, this Release shall be binding upon the named entity, by and through the undersigned agent who has the authority to contract on behalf of such entity, and its respective owners, directors, officers, employees, agents, assigns, legal representatives and successors. This Release shall be subject to and governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

This Release has been read and fully understood by the undersigned and has been explained to me.

 

EXECUTED this ____ day of _________________, 20____.

Signed: _____________________________________

Print Name: __________________________________

Title_________________________________________

 

 

General Liability Release of Claims  For Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office

________________________________________________________, for and in consideration of the installation services to be performed, at no cost to me, I, the undersigned, do hereby release and forever discharge the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office, its agents, employees, directors, officers, members, legal representatives, volunteers, successors and assigns, and their respective heirs, personal representatives, affiliates, successors and assigns, and any and all persons, firms or corporations liable or who might be claimed to be liable, whether or not herein named, none of whom admit any liability to the undersigned, but all expressly denying liability, from any and all claims, demands, damages, actions, causes of action or suits of any kind or nature whatsoever, which I now have or may hereafter have, arising out of or in any way relating to any and all injuries and damages of any and every kind, to both person and property, and also any and all injuries and damages that may develop in the future, as a result of or in any way relating to the following:

·      Removal of old hardware and Installation of ADA compliant exterior and interior entry door hardware 

It is understood and agreed that the completion of the install will serve as complete settlement and satisfaction of the causes of action, claims and demands mentioned herein; that the parties agree not to make claim or take proceedings against any other party, person or entity which might claim contribution or indemnity under any statute or otherwise; that this Release contains the entire agreement between the parties; and that the terms of this Agreement are contractual and not merely a recital. Furthermore, this Release shall be binding upon the named entity, by and through the undersigned agent who has the authority to contract on behalf of such entity, and its respective owners, directors, officers, employees, agents, assigns, legal representatives and successors. This Release shall be subject to and governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

This Release has been read and fully understood by the undersigned and has been explained to me.

 

EXECUTED this ____ day of _________________, 20____.

 

Signed: _____________________________________

Print Name: __________________________________

Title_________________________________________

 

 

 

 

 

ADA Standards 2010 Architectural Barriers Act and And IBC + ANSI A117.1

ADA Standards 2010   Architectural Barriers Act

    And IBC + ANSI A117.1

      December 18, 2012

  http://www.aia-stlouis.org/adastds2010dec2012aia.pdf

 

Barrier removal

 

Continual improvement is expected unless the work is NOT readily

achievable. The analysis must be updated regularly.

The new standards reset the clock. If the facility is not

“perfect”, then the list must be recaptured and gone over in its

entirety (Source: Access Board).

 

Note: changes in ownership can change requirements. For

example, if a little local food shop is taken over by a national

chain, the owner has greater financial resources.  (p.6)

 

ADA Checklist for Readily Achievable  Barrier Removal     http://www.adachecklist.org/

 

Priorities for Barrier Removal

The ADA Title III regulations recommend four

priorities for barrier removal. The purpose of these

priorities is to facilitate business planning. The

priorities are not mandatory. Public accommodations

may determine the most effective mix of barrier

removal measures to undertake in their facilities.

Priority 1 – Accessible approach and entrance

Priority 2 – Access to goods and services

Priority 3 – Access to public toilet rooms

Priority 4 – Access  to other items such as water

fountains and public telephones (p. 6)

 

Accessible Routes/Doors

• 404.2.8.1 Door Closers and Gate Closers. Door closers and

gate closers shall be adjusted so that from an open position of

90 degrees, the time required to move the door to a position of

12 degrees from the latch is 5 seconds minimum.

 

• 404.2.8.2 Spring Hinges. Door and gate spring hinges shall be

adjusted so that from the open position of 70 degrees, the door

or gate shall move to the closed position in 1.5 seconds minimum

ANSI Commentary notes that the force required to open a door is

to be measured 30 inches from the hinged side with the spring

scale perpendicular to the door. (p.18)

 

Accessible Routes/Doors

 

• 404.3.2 of the 2010 Standards requires automatic

doors that serve as an accessible means of egress to

either provide maneuvering clearance or to have

standby power to operate the door in emergencies.

 

• Make note of this particularly when using automatic

door openers to address an issue with restricted

landing conditions, historic requirements or similar

conditions (p.18)

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