Do all of your building’s
public spaces comply
with ADA requirements?
You might be certain that people with disabilities can
navigate your facility with ease, but total compliance with
the Americans with Disabilities Act is surprisingly rare.
You’re likely losing out on people who otherwise want
to engage with your organization, not to mention placing
your building on shaky legal ground.
“You’re probably related to, are friends with or have
something in common with someone who has a disability.
As of the 2010 census, 18% of our population is disabled,”
explains David Meihls, Principal Consultant for ADA
Consultants of Indiana. Meihls is also a C7 quadriplegic
who has visited non-compliant buildings as both a con-
sultant and a consumer. “If your business isn’t compliant,
you’re missing out on a potential sales growth of 18% – and
These five areas host some of the most common viola-
tions. Scope them out to make sure you’re not setting
yourself up for a lawsuit.
Entrances and Routes
Can someone using a wheelchair or scooter
get into your building? If your entrances are
only accessible by stairs, you have a problem
on your hands that a makeshift plywood ramp
“If people can’t get into your building
because you have steps, you have nothing.
The second priority is access to the goods and services
you provide,” notes William Endelman, Principal and
Accessibility Expert at Endelman & Associates, an
accessibility consultancy that developed audit software
to propose solutions and ballpark costs for remedying
ADA violations. “We often see photographs of people
who try to put a ramp up the stairs, and it has some
enormous slope that wheelchair users wouldn’t be able
to use. You need to do some design and get an architect
or civil engineer to implement a ramp system, platform
lift or elevator.”
This applies even if your building was built before
the ADA was established, says Meihls. Buildings are
required to keep up with evolving ADA standards
wherever reasonably possible.
How vulnerable is your building to an accessibility lawsuit?