PHOENIX, May 13, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Americans with Disabilities Act has been in effect for a quarter of a century. Under the ADA, parking lots, among many other accommodations at public facilities, must be compliant under the federal law, but in the Phoenix metropolitan area, AID.org is finding the majority of public accommodations choose to ignore these laws.
Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities, Arizona's own civil rights champions, aspire to bring about a wave of ADA Compliance.
After checking over 2,500 businesses, AID.org found less than 200 businesses had parking lots compliant in the areas violations are being noted. That is just over 5% of businesses with parking lots that are accessible to those with disabilities
Today, we want to inform business owners of 3 simple potential and common violations which they can quickly check for and easily correct in order to assure that they are one step closer to full ADA compliance.
- Proximity. ADA compliant designated Accessible Parking spaces are to be the closest parking spaces to the entrance.
- Signage. Each ADA compliant Accessible Parking space must be properly marked, using reflective paint and signage, with the international symbol of accessibility and a minimum of 60 inches from the ground to the bottom of the sign.
- Van Accessible. Each parking facility must include at least one Van Accessible Parking space and must be labeled as "Van Accessible" and also be the correct size to allow for a van to load and unload passengers.
Here are three great steps in the right direction to ADA compliance. To find out if your business is following the letter of the law visit ADA.gov.
Those with who would like to report a parking lot that they believe may be in violation of the ADA can report it to AID.org through by sending an email to: Violation@AID.org.
About Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities – Foundation ("AID.org")
As Civil Rights Champions, AID.org was formed in January 2016 in order to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities through charitable gifts, opportunities and the removal of discriminatory barriers. By spearheading a rapid and widespread wave of compliance through educational and affirmative enforcement actions, AID.org not only rapidly brings not-compliant public accommodation into ADA compliance but also acts as a self-funding catalyst for the charitable AID Foundation.
The AID Foundation is a growing resource for any individual with a disability looking to receive help with various issues relating to their disability or compelling needs such as: wheelchair access, medical equipment, and much more. Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities - Foundation aims to help improve the lives of 3 to 4 individuals with disabilities per day.
Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities – Foundation
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