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

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New Online Resources

Online Resources

Making Places of Public accommodations Accessible to All: A Step by Step Guide. IN: Bloomington, The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, 2004. (grant from ADA-Indiana).

Walzer, Phillip, Disability-Access Lawsuits rise in Hampton Roads Norfolk:  January 12, 2012.

Americans with Disabilities Act ( ADA) (1990, 1992-2012)

2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design. website

Brault, Matthew W., Americans with Disabilities: 2010  Current Population Reports Issued July 2012

ADA: Access to Medical Care with Individuals with Mobility Disabilities. U.S. Department of Justice, Disability Rights Section  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights, July 2010.

Projections for the Population Needing Personal Assistance, 2015-2030, Virginia.  (Five years Summary:  [2010  = 187,000,  2015 = 215,000-233,000])

Stein, Tonny, Handicapped  people's access to public buildings: Consider distance and entrances, Chesapeake Clipper, 04/19/13

Making Public Places Accessible to People with Disabilities.

Aaronson, Matthewl J., Story, Ashley H., Public Accommodation ADA Suits on the Rise Troutman 01/22/2012

ADA Guide for Small Businesses. Washington, DC: Small Business Association and  Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division

Code of Virginia 51.5-44. Rights of persons with disabilities in public places and places of public accommodation.

Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC) Project  Civic Access. Cities and Counties: first Steps Toward Solving Common ADA Problems. Washington, DC: US Dept.  of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section ("Reproduction of this document is encouraged.", DOJ)

Virginia ADA Resource Guide. Virginia ADA Coalition, Endependence Center, Inc.

Section 504 ADA

*ADA-AG Guidelines for Entry Doors 2002 (7) 8.(iii)

US Access Board  4.13.11

2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design: Subpart D of 28 CFR Part 36 (g). Dept of Justice.

Project Civic Access Cities and Counties: First Steps Toward Solving Sommon ADA Problems. U.S. Department of Justice, Disability Rights Section

Cheng, Kipp, “What Marketers Should Know About People with Disabilities”. Solutions Marketing Group: April 18, 2002

Nelson, Kathryn "Do downtown Businesses kick the Disabled to the Curb? Shakopee, October 6, 2011

Building a better economic future for Americans with disabilities. National Disability Institute.

Koehler, Mike, "Disabled Consumers Represent A Huge Market most Ecommerce Sites Forget to Serve" 09/14/2010

Access to San Francisco Small Businesses a Problem for Customers with Disabilities: PERI (Public Entity Risk Institute)website



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