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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_________________________________________

 

 

 

 

 

Postcard to Download

This is the text of the Postcard to send to any establishment that is observed to have outdated, heavy non-accessible doors.  Please do not attempt to download this preview of the postcard.

TO DOWNLOAD: Go to the menu button that says "Postcard".  Click on the words " Click here for Adobe Reader Format...or… Click here for Microsoft Word 2010 Format"   Next, click on the red title LOD Postcard to see and print  the postcard.

 

Your Organization here

(your website here)

Your annual event here

 

It only takes a minute…      

(FRONT of  POSTCARD)                                                          ADDRESS to SEND

 

___________________________________________________________________________

(BACK of POSTCARD)                                                     Persons with ____________________ care about all persons who have

physical and mental challenges, including the elderly and children.

Please consider a "Let's Open Doors" policy for your patrons.

If your place of business does not have an automated button or

accessible manual handles and controlled pressure

to open your entry door, please ask your emplyees

to open the door for all your patrons needing assistance.

It's good business done easily! Thank you!

 

_______________Member,  (your organization_______)

 

Issues of Wheelchair Accessibility

                               ISSUES OF WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBILITY*      

  

Common to many persons with disabilities needing wheelchairs:

          Potential Isolation

          Two or more disabilities in Activities of Daily Living (ADL)

          Potential susceptibility to depression, lack of self esteem

          Special needs can include feeding, toileting, bathing

         

Drivable vs. manual wheelchairs

          Automated or drivable wheelchairs require judgment and use of hands

          Manual require some judgment and use of hands

          Cognitive issues can require a caregiver

          Variety of wheelchairs and their accessories for different needs is extensive

 

Accessibility Issues of Automated and Manual Wheelchairs

Weight and size can require home alteration, special entrances for van

Transport wheelchairs are lighter and more easily placed in a trunk of a car; they  require less space to go inside older buildings, many of which do not have 36” wide entry or inner door

The pressure on doors of buildings constructed prior to 2000 have more pressure in opening and closing than a refrigerator door, which is approximately 8.5 lbs of pressure to open. The refrigerator does not close unless you physically push it, but  older, heavier high pressured doors, close very quickly and are heavy when they do close.

 The length of time that these older doors close is faster than a wheelchair or a person with a walker can enter, thus closing on  their backs and endangering entanglement with their legs. Therefore, many do not return to that place of business, restaurant,  bank, place of entertainment or even a doctor’s office.

 Automated buttons for entry doors allow the space needed without having to back up in a wheelchair after manually  opening a door.

 Manual doors require side space to open the door, then wheel around it with one hand, while holding the door open with the other. If the door handle is a flat panel-type door handle, then one must disengage his hand awkwardly to remove his hand before stretching his arm too far and catching himself in the door helplessly. 

An observed veteran had another technique. He used an umbrella to strongly push himself back from a doorway, while  pulling the door open with his other hand. The curb (not an incline) behind him was not that far away. Then, he pulled the mbrella back and holding it under his arm, manually wheeled himself through the doorway with both hands, with no time to  spare before it closed. He must have practiced this over and over and probably was hit by the door many times. If anything had gone wrong in pushing himself backwards, he would have toppled over the curb behind him. By the way, that door on a  large department store in a large local mall, had the handicap sticker on it!

Manual doors opened by a caregiver with wheelchair in front, require the caregiver to lean over the person in the chair, physically pull the wheelchair back at the same time as pulling the door open; if the door is heavy, the caregiver can be injured, pulling muscles in the arm (much needed for caregiving!).  When the door is fully open, the caregiver has to hold the door open (usually heavy against the back), while pushing the wheelchair through the door, usually getting hit in the back or leg, which is outstretched to keep the door open until almost through the door.

Some persons in wheelchair with a caregiver, can open the door to a degree, then the caregiver must reaches over  the  person’s shoulder for the door. The person in the wheelchair then holds the door open with his or her arm. If that person has   dementia or cognitive issues, a warning must be given to him in time hopefully to remove his hand before it reaches the area of the door jam, so as not to catch his hand as the door closes.  With heavy doors, heavy pressure, and a swift timing of the door   closing, this is a major concern. And here’s the significant question, “What if the person with dementia in the wheelchair doesn’t  understand in time to move his hand?”

Unfortunately, these same problems can exist in attempting to enter or exit  “handicapped” bathrooms. The sink is accessible, the toilet is higher, the rails for support are in and there is enough room to maneuver the wheelchair.  But, the designers have  forgotten to lower the door pressure, slow down how fast the door opens and closes, and change the door handle. Now,  humorously,   that’s a major barrier to goods and services!

          LETS OPEN DOORS!

*I hope that those persons using manual automated wheelchairs will add to this list of ISSUES through comments, which can be posted.  

Do You Know?

Accessibility Can Be Affected by a Simple Door Knob or Door Handle

 

 

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This panel-type handle is not accessible because it requires the user to tightly grasp the handle to pull the door open.

 

The solution is an accessible door handle.

 

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A loop-type handle is accessible because it can be used without grasping, pinching or twisting.

 

 

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This handle with a thumb latch is not accessible because one must grasp the handle and pinch down on the thumb latch at the same time.

 

The Solution is an accessible handle.

 

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A lever handle is accessible because it can be operated without tight grasping, pinching or twisting.

[For more information, see p.8, “ADA Guide for Small Businesses”]