Last updated 3 days ago
When you’re walking on the sidewalk, you probably don’t think much about its quality or features. For someone with a visual impairment, however, safety depends on taking note of every detail. Detectable warning systems, which are most often located at crosswalks and public transportation platforms, offer important environmental clues for all people—particularly those with visual impairments. Here are a few of the tactile warning systems available from ADA Solutions, Inc.
The radius system is our latest tactile warning strip, and is designed for curved surfaces. This system can cover an entire crosswalk-sidewalk edge, making it easier for people with visual impairments to cross the street. Radius panels are available in 10-foot, 15-foot, and 20-foot cuts.
Cast in Place Replaceable
Cast in place replacement tactile warning systems are ideal for new curb ramps and new construction projects. During installation, they are pressed into freshly poured concrete, where they harden into the surface. This is the only 100% replaceable tactile warning system on the market, and it’s also the most durable.
Sometimes it makes more sense to apply a tactile warning system to an existing surface than to remove the old surface and apply new concrete. For retrofit applications, you’re best off using surface applied tactile warning systems, which come with beveled edges for a smooth transition.
Directional Bar Tile
Directional bar tiles are great because they provide a detectable warning and help with orientation. Instead of truncated domes, they have parallel bars that can help someone with a visual impairment point himself in the proper direction. Guide surface tiles, which are long textured strips, are great for helping pedestrians feel their way across crosswalks.
To learn more about the above products, call ADA Solutions, Inc. at (800) 372-0519. We’re proud to provide truncated dome tactile warning systems for municipalities, transit authorities, and businesses throughout the country and around the world. Visit our website to get a better idea of why our ADA warning strips are the best on the market.
Last updated 5 days ago
Running a business is difficult enough without worrying about the federal government’s requirements. However, federal laws are designed to make life safer and easier for everyone, and they are usually easy for businesses to follow. The Americans with Disabilities Act, for example, helps prevent discrimination against workers with disabilities. Still, there are many myths about the ADA that persist among business owners.
Employers Must Hire People with Disabilities
Though companies that do contract work with the federal government are required to hire some people with disabilities, private companies are not required to do so. As a business owner, it’s your prerogative to hire whoever is qualified. However, if a person with a disability is qualified for a position, but is overlooked because of his disability, you may face a discrimination claim under the ADA.
Accommodating Employees with Disabilities Is Expensive
Many business owners are hesitant to hire people with disabilities because these business owners assume they’ll have to spend thousands of dollars on ADA ramps, bathrooms, and other accommodations. However, the Job Accommodation Network claims that about 67% of all accommodations cost less than $500. Many accommodations involve something as simple as moving a piece of furniture out of the way, and cost nothing at all.
Employers Cannot Fire People with Disabilities
The whole point of the ADA is to show employers that people with disabilities are hardly any different than people without disabilities. As an employer, you can fire a person with a disability just as you would fire anyone else. However, the termination must be based on the individual’s job performance or unseemly behavior—it cannot be based on the individual’s disability.
As long as you keep a reasonable attitude when it comes to hiring and firing, you should be able to adhere to the rules of the ADA. If you want to install truncated dome tactile warning systems in or around your business, call ADA Solutions, Inc. at (800) 372-0519. Our tactile warning systems have set the standard in safety for over 20 years.
Last updated 8 days ago
Passed in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) continues to make life easier and safer for millions of Americans. The ADA clearly outlines requirements for all-inclusive sidewalks, ramps, and other infrastructure projects. One section of the ADA deals with requirements for the size and spacing of truncated domes, which are designed to help people with visual impairments recognize when they’ve come to crosswalks, public transportation platforms, or other potentially dangerous areas.
The ADA says that truncated domes must be arranged in a square or radial grid pattern, and they must be 5 mm tall. Each truncated dome should have a base diameter that is no smaller than 23 mm, and no larger than 36 mm. In terms of spacing, no two truncated domes can be less than 41 mm or more than 61 mm apart, measured from center to center. When measured from base to base, the spacing should be no less than 17 mm.
The truncated domes from ADA Solutions, Inc. meet these and all other guidelines found in the Americans with Disabilities Act. Call us at (800) 372-0519 if you have any questions.
Last updated 11 days ago
By most accounts, unemployment is still too high in this country. It’s even worse for people with disabilities—only about 30 percent of working-age Americans with disabilities are currently employed. Many businesses are hesitant to hire people with disabilities because they’re afraid of frequent sick leaves and difficult logistical issues. However, the pros of hiring people with disabilities far outweigh the cons.
Following the Law
Since 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act has been helping get more disabled people into the workforce. In 2011, the federal government’s Labor Department made it a requirement that all companies with federal contracts must have workers with disabilities make up at least seven percent of their workforce. Also, it’s illegal to make hiring and firing decisions based on a person’s disability.
Boost Your Efficiency
Over five years ago, Walgreens hired a large number of people with disabilities to work at one of their distribution centers. According to a report from Rutgers University, the Kessler Foundation, and the National Organization on Disability, that particular distribution center operated a lot more efficiently than others. Since that report came out, many other companies have also hired Americans with disabilities—you might consider following suit.
Improve Your Reputation
Just because a person is disabled doesn’t mean he’s unable to do the job. When hiring, you may find that an individual with a disability is the most qualified person for the job. By hiring people with disabilities, you show your customers that you don’t discriminate against people who have been dealt a different hand. As a business owner, your best policy is to hire the most qualified staff members, disability or no.
ADA Solutions, Inc. offers truncated dome tactile warning systems for your business. All our products are in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and can make your business safer for both customers and workers with disabilities. Call us at (800) 372-0519 or visit our website to find out more.
Last updated 15 days ago
Just because someone has a disability doesn’t mean he has nothing to offer. There are millions of Americans with disabilities who are able to find work and excel at what they do.
This video tells the story of Calvin, a 23-year-old man with Asperger’s disorder who has performed very well at his grocery store job for over a year. He hasn’t just kept his job; he’s been promoted twice, and his contagious personality is a boon for workplace morale. Calvin owes much of his success to Toward Maximum Independence, a non-profit organization that helps people with disabilities.
ADA Solutions, Inc. is dedicated to making life easier for people with disabilities. Our tactile warning systems help businesses and transit authorities meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Call us at (800) 372-0519 to speak with a representative.