Our Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance & Accessibility services are designed to help private businesses (also known as public accommodations) and public entities (state and local governments) improve accessibility for their communities and comply with local, state and federal laws and regulations.
By law, if you provide programs, services, and activities they must be accessible to all persons, including those with disabilities. I think we’d both agree that ensuring all citizens have equal access makes good business sense and is also the socially responsible thing to do.
Our primary focus is removing barriers to services for existing facilities.
When non-compliance barrier issues are found we work with businessess to bring their facilities, practices, policies, and procedures into compliance. One of the easiest ways to do this is to develop a long-range plan to improve accessibility using the ADA regulations list of four priority areas for readily achieveable barrier removal.
We offer a range of services for helping you ensure your business and buildings are compliant and accessible (barrier free) to citizens with disabilities.
Our Americans with Disability Acts service listings include:
- Accessibility Site Surveys
- Policy Review and Development
- Barrier Removal Plans
- Training & Workshops
Please contact us to discuss any ADA need you might have that is not listed above.
ADA Accessibility Site Survey
How accessible is your business to persons with disabilities?
We perform ADA accessibility site surveys for private businesses (also known as public accommodations) and public entities (state and local governments) who need help.
We can survey your entire facility or specific areas/elements based on your unique needs.
If you need help determining the accessibility of your facilities/buildings this is the service you want to know more about.
Our staff members will walk through your property carefully taking notes and photos of key features that determine your level of complaince to the 2010 ADA standards.
Key features we survey include:
- Conference rooms
- Cafeteria/Food Courts
- Entrance/Exit Doors
- Gift Shops
- Exhibit areas
Basically we survey all public areas where customers are allowed access to ensure ADA compliance.
During the survey we are laser-focused on identifying structural and communication barriers. We’re looking for areas that would prevent people with disabilites from having equal access (as with the rest of the public) and opportunity to your goods, services and programs.
Some clients just ask for a walk-through survey where we point out any barrier/compliance issues we see. However, if you desire for us to do so we can also provide a written report of our ADA findings.
Our survey time slots are limited so please contact us right away if you’d like this service.
We recommend new clients start the ADA compliance process with a self-assessment (aka self-evaluation).
Our business clients for this service fall in one of two categories — which type of client are you?:
- Clients who need a consultant to evaluate what they’ve already done to become ADA compliant
- Clients who are just starting out and need a consultant to help them during the ADA process
During the self-assessment, we assist clients in conducting a comprehensive review of their facilities, all programs, services, and activities within their organizations.
The primary goal throughout the self-assessment is to determine if there are any barriers to existing facilities, programs, services and activitites that affect persons with disabilities. We assess your organization in order to identify barriers that are inconsistent with ADA laws and regulations.
We report back any negative findings and recommend corrective actions to bring your organzition into compliance.
Any data and/or information that is gathered during self-assessment can feed into your ADA Transition Plan if you desire to do so.
We’d love to work with you to meet your ADA needs. Reach out to us and let us know if you feel your organization needs a self-assessment.
ADA Policy Review and Development
Are your organizational policies, practices, procedures, and regulations written in a manner so that they do not discriminate against persons with disabilities?
It can be hard to tell either way.
So it’s often a good ideal to seek outside assistance to help you review all documents related to ADA.
Our ADA policy review and development services were specifically designed around helping clients like you who are in need.
- We can review your written policies, business practices, operating procedures, and administrative regulations and make recommendations.
- We can even assist in rewriting the documents if that’s what you need.
Some of our clients were just starting out and did not have ADA policies and procedures in place. We helped them develop the necessary documents from scratch. We can help you create new documents in the same way if you are just getting starting. Or we can just review what you already have.
We are available to discuss your ADA policy & document needs, so please reach out to us we’d be happy to hear from you.
ADA Barrier Removal
When it comes to ADA compliance barrier removal is of the upmost importance.
Private businesses and public entities who want to protect their customers and provide equal access for persons with disabilties must remove architectural and communication barriers or else run the risk of being sued. That said, is your business barrier free and ADA complaint?
If you don’t already know we can help you create a barrier removal plan.
With our barrier removal service we help clients:
- Identify and prioritize barriers
- Recommend corrective actions
- Establish a reasonable timeline to remove barriers
- Secure cost estimates for barrier removal
- Keep records of removed barriers and their associated costs
- Identify any tax credits and/or deductions for barrier removal
How our barrier removal process works
When the project kicks-off our ADA staff will visit your facility, conduct a site survey and document any barriers or non-complaint areas. We develop a customized plan to remove non-complainces and barriers to access using information from the site survey.
In the customize plan we categorize each barrier based off “priorities for barrier removal from the ADA regulation. The barrier removal priorities listed in order of importance are:
- First Priority – Provide access to your business from parking areas, public sidewalks, and public transportation
- Second Priority – Provide access to the goods and services your business offers
- Third Priority – Provide access to public restrooms
- Fourth Priority – Remove barriers to all amenities offered to the public, such as lowering telephones and drinking fountains
For each barrier identified we recommend readily achievable corrective actions based off your unique business situation. A few examples of readily achievable barrier removal corrective actions include:
- Creating designated accessible parking spaces
- Making curb cuts in sidewalks and entrances
- Installing access ramps
- Widening doors
- Rearranging toilet partitions to increase maneuvering space
- Removing high pile, low density carpeting, etc.
Readily achieveable means “easily accomplishable without much difficulty or expense”.
All the heavy lifting is complete after barrier removal prioritization. Next we help our clients secure cost data for work to be completed, develop timelines for completion, and track projects to completion. Final we work with the client to investigate if any tax credits and/or deductions apply to their project.
Contact us today and let us know if you are ready to work on your barrier removal plan. We are waiting and looking forward to hearing from you.
ADA Training & Workshops
Our Americans with Diabilities Act (ADA) training, is taught onsight and in-person by one of our excellent trainers. Training is engaging, interactive, and presented in a way that facilitates retention while teaching your employees and staff the importance of taking care of people with disabilities.
How can you benefit from ADA training?
ADA training can be beneficial to your organization in a number of ways including:
- Helping to prevent complaints and lawsuits for failure to comply with ADA laws and regualtions
- Helping employees learn how to better service individuals with disabilities
- Helping your organization learn how to do ADA self-evaluations, transitions plans, barrier removal plans, and assessments
What topics do we offer ADA training on?
- Introduction to ADA
- Disability and ADA 101
- Disability Sensitivity and Awareness
- Modification of Policy & Practices for ADA
- Service Animals
- State and Local Governments – Title II
- Businesses and Non-Profit Organizations – Title III
- Effective Communications
- Resonable Accommodations
- State & Local Government ADA Responsibilities
- Accommodating Employees with Disabilites
Don’t see the topic you want training on listed above? No problem.
Our in-house ADA experts can develop customized training that is specific to your organization’s training needs. We can discuss your individual needs. Contact us right away if you’d like us to develop customized ADA training