The ADA law was passed in 1990. ADA stands for Americans with Disabilities Act. This law was passed so that people that are physically challenged, people with disabilities, have the same public access and chances to do the same things as everyone else. This law also was put into place to prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities. Over the years, the awareness of ADA laws and regulations have increased and have continued to improve. So, when it comes to going shopping, to the doctor, checking in at a hotel, or going to a movie theater, people with disabilities can have equal access to do these things. ADA laws and signage benefits people who are blind and visually impaired, people with mobility impairments or hearing impairments, people who have problems speaking, and people with cognitive disabilities or psychiatric conditions that cause them to avoid speaking to strangers. The ADA laws and regulations are statewide and public buildings and businesses must meet state and federal mandatory compliance regulations.
All publicly accessible buildings must install ADA-compliant interior signs per federal regulations and new ADA regulations apply to any sign that designates permanent rooms, spaces, where goods and services are made available to the public. For a new building to open, it must obtain a certificate of occupancy. To get the certificate, the builder must comply with ADA building codes. That’s why it’s imperative for businesses to have their signage made and installed to correct specifications. Businesses also need to check local codes as well as state & federal regulations for ADA compliance. Also, commercial facilities, such as office buildings, factories, warehouses, or other facilities that do not provide goods or services directly to the public are only subject to the ADA’s requirements for new construction and alterations, however, grandfathered provisions often found in local building codes do not exempt businesses from their obligations under the ADA. ADA laws and regulations are enforceable and the fines are hefty for businesses that are not meeting those in their establishments.
If you are unsure if your business complies or do not want the hassle of navigating the laws to find out what you need to comply, please give us a call for a free walk-through. We will be happy to assist you and get you up to ADA code.