Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act law to prohibit employment discrimination against people with disabilities and to ensure equal access to public buildings.
Not all businesses and organizations are legally required to comply with ADA regulations, but most are, including:
- Any business that is open to and dependent on the general public
- Any privately run company that employs 15 or more people
- All local, county, state, and federal agencies
- Charitable and non-profit organizations which either operate for the benefit of the public or employ 15 or more people
Ensuring that your office is ADA compliant not only protects you legally — it’s also the right thing to do.
Office managers are responsible for making sure their spaces are accessible to everyone. The following checklist includes many, but not all, of the adaptations necessary to comply:
Doors should be at least 32 inches wide to accommodate wheelchairs. Double doors should be left open if each door is fewer than 32 inches.
Doors should not require more than five pounds of force to open. Heavier doors should be kept open or open automatically. This stipulation includes doors for restrooms that are designated as ADA compliant.
If they are intended to be used for conducting public business, cubicle entrances must also be at least 32 inches wide to allow access by wheelchairs.
Conference tables should be at least 27 inches high so that individuals in wheelchairs have clearance for their knees.
Shelving or other items affixed to the wall and protruding more than four inches present a hazard to the vision impaired.
These items should be placed no more than 27 inches from the floor to be detectable by a blind person’s walking cane.
Large print or alternate reading formats should be available for the vision impaired.
Tactile (Braille) signs indicating room numbers, exits, and other important information should be mounted 60 inches from the floor and have clear access with no cabinets, tables, or other items blocking them.
Providers should display brochures and other informative documents within reach of individuals in a wheelchair, approximately 15 to 48 inches from the floor.
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