2012 Check List: Is Your Property ADA Friendly?
By Clara Rose President & Creative Director, Creative Alliance | September 02, 2012
The deadline for compliance to the new ADA laws has come and gone. To the relief of many, the White house issued a 60 day extension that pushed the compliance date for the pool lift requirements back to May 15th, offering extra time to come into compliance on that component.
Some conscientious hospitality properties have taken a proactive approach to the ADA changes and hired an independent firm to conduct an ADA compliance inspection or survey, others have decided to wait and see.
While these new regulations promise positive change for those with different abilities; much more can be done in an effort to offer an ADA Friendly environment for those guests. To that end, a checklist can be helpful; by outlining some steps that can be taken to help ensure a truly ADA friendly property.
Parking and Loading Zones
The need for specialized parking, to accommodate vehicles with lifts and extra space to maneuver, is obvious. Guidelines for part of this requirement can be found in the ADA Standards 4.1.2(5).
Beyond this required access, consider adding the following measures or ADA Friendly features:
- Additional accessible spaces beyond the requirements
- Wider parking spaces closest to the entrance
- Drive up call button for special assistance
- Valet parking with staff trained to assist
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