Back in 1990, an act known as the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed to ensure equal treatment for those with disabilities. This also included a list of building regulations that allow for better accessibility for any form of disability on any construction, like buildings, sidewalks, and parking lots. Building according to such regulations is known as accessibility construction.
Here’s all that is included to help you get a better understanding of this method of construction.
- Wheelchair access: One of the key factors of accessibility construction is adding easy accessibility for wheelchairs, anything on wheels, or anyone who cannot use stairs. This might include ramps, hand grips, railings, cut curbs, elevators, etc. While this is all grouped under wheelchair accessibility, you’ll also find that parents with small children and strollers or people with limited mobility get much use out of these accommodations as well.
- Braille: Another key part of accessibility construction is braille signage. If you want to be as accommodating as possible, especially if you own a significant commercial space, like a hospital or school, then you will want to include braille signage for any main rooms or directional signs.
- Updating buildings: Sometimes, buildings were constructed without the ADA in mind, often because they were built prior to 1990. The act still applies to these buildings, and they will need to be properly modified to comply. At those times, we will do accessibility construction to remove barriers to create ramps in a curb or sidewalk, widen doorways, add necessary signage, etc.
These are just a few of the most common components of accessibility construction. You can give us a call if you would like to learn more.