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The Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, is a law that all private employers with over 15 employees must comply with. Failing to adhere to ADA guidelines could result in costly fines, but avoiding these fees is not the only benefit to employers. ADA guidelines will also help you create a safer workplace that allows you to get the maximum potential from all of your employees, since no one will have any barriers to getting their jobs done. At ADA Solutions, Inc., we help many businesses better understand and comply with ADA guidelines. Here are some things you need to know about the ADA as an employer:
Who Is Protected Under the ADA?
The ADA prevents employers from discriminating against job applicants and employees who have a physical or mental disability that limits one or more major functions, such as vision, walking, self-care, or breathing. The ADA applies to people with mobility constraints and people with conditions like HIV, epilepsy, and blindness. These guidelines do not apply to people with non-chronic impairments and short-term illnesses.
How Do You Identify Someone As Disabled?
You can ask applicants to self-identify themselves as disabled on job applications, as long as you do not use that information in a discriminatory manner. If you have a disabled applicant who has the same skills and abilities as a non-disabled applicant, you can’t use the disability as a deciding factor in your employment decision.
What Accommodations Do You Need to Make?
The ADA requires that you make “reasonable accommodations” for disabled employees. This means you have to fix any barriers that prevent them from doing their jobs or from accessing benefits and rights that other employees have. This could include making changes to schedules, adapting training materials, swapping out some of the equipment you use, and more.
At ADA Solutions, Inc., we can help you understand your obligations under the ADA. Our detectable warning systems with truncated domes play an important role in making street crossings, parking lots, and other areas safe for people with disabilities. Our truncated dome strips may be ideal for your entryway or other areas around your building. Learn more about tactile warning systems and more by calling (800) 372-0519.
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When it comes to crossing the street in a wheelchair, finding a crosswalk is only half the battle. Even when there is a signal that indicates it is safe to cross, knowing how long you have before the light changes can be a major issue. At some street corners, the light may be so short that traffic is allowed to move again by the time you navigate the ramp onto the street.
This video discusses all of the factors you need to consider in order to cross the street safely in a wheelchair. Before you cross a street, you may want to observe how long the crossing signal allows in each cycle. You should also consider things like the speed of your chair and if you have to go up a hill. You may wish to cross the street at a higher speed than you would use going down the sidewalk
ADA Solutions, Inc.’s tactile warning systems play a crucial role in safe street crossings. Call (800) 372-0519 to learn more about installing our detectable warning tiles.
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At ADA Solutions, Inc., our truncated dome warning systems comply with all Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines for making street crossings and public rights-of-way safe for people with disabilities. We know no two applications are exactly the same, so we offer a wide variety of colors, shapes, and styles of truncated dome warning systems to our customers. When you buy our products, one of the first choices you will have to make is whether to choose cast-in-place or surface-applied tiles. Here is what you need to know about these two tile types:
Cast-In-Place Tactile Warning Tiles
If you’re involved in a new construction project, our cast-in-place tiles are right for you. These tiles are installed during the actual paving process. They are simply pushed into the wet concrete and allowed to dry to bond to the material. These colorfast tiles are made of homogenous glass and carbon composite. Fiberglass truncated domes top the tiles. They are available in a wide selection of colors, including eight standard colors and a long list of custom color blends.
We can provide you with cast-in-place tiles in several different standard sizes, so there’re sure to be a good fit for your job. Our weather-resistant tiles offer a great long-term solution for meeting ADA requirements in your new build project.
Surface-Applied Tactile Warning Tiles
For retrofitted tactile warning tiles, choose surface-applied tiles. The large, beveled-edge perimeters of these tiles allow them to fit easily. Like our cast-in-place tiles, they are made of homogenous glass and carbon composite, include fiberglass truncated warning domes, and are colorfast and weather-resistant. They come in a variety of sizes and eight standard colors, with custom colors available. Our surface-applied tactile warning tiles can make any sidewalk or curb ADA compliant in as little as 10 minutes.
If you need help meeting ADA guidelines in your construction projection, call ADA Solutions, Inc. at (800) 372-0519. We’re always here to help you understand your obligations under the law and how you can make everyday life safer for people with disabilities.
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Thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act, those with visual impairments and physical disabilities are guaranteed safe and accessible streets. To learn more about ADA compliance and working with those who are disabled, take a look at these informative resources:
To learn more about employers and reasonable accommodations they must make for those with disabilities, check out this information from The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
For a guide to ADA-compliant tactile warning systems, check out this webpage from FacilityManagement.com.
Get the latest information on the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines for detectable warnings on Access-Board.gov.
Check out this flyer for more information on the tax credits and deductions available to businesses that employ those with disabilities on WorkSupport.com.
To learn more about working with someone who is blind or visually impaired, read this information presented by The Chicago Lighthouse organization.
USAToday.com reports on how over three million disabled American voters still face challenges—you can avoid making these mistakes this November at your polling facility.
Find more information on transportation for individuals with disabilities, including the necessity for tactile warning strips in transportation facilities, on the website of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Take a look at the principles of the Americans with Disabilities Act on Boston University’s website.
Read more about the history of truncated domes and tactile warning surfaces in the U.S. at Access-Board.gov.
Read about the long battle to install tactile warning systems in Washington, D.C. Metro stations on WashingtonExaminer.com.
ADA Solutions, Inc. is a proud leader in the tactile warning tile industry. We provide products that are consistently above the standards required by the ADA, delivering durable and dependable warning systems for you and your clients. To learn more about our products, visit us online or call (800) 372-0519.
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Addressing the needs of customers with disabilities is an important aspect of growing your business. Find out how you can save money and increase your accessibility with the help of ADA Solutions, Inc.’s products and these tax incentives:
Small Businesses and Accessibility
If your business has fewer than 30 employees or a total revenue of less than one million dollars, you can take advantage of the Disabled Access Credit to receive up to $5,000 of credit when you increase your accessibility. This includes the removal of barriers that might impede customers with disabilities and the installation of accessibility services and equipment, including tactile warning systems around your building or grounds. Whether you wish to install new equipment such as ramps or simply make your grounds safer for those with disabilities, ADA Solutions, Inc. has a detectable warning system to suit your needs. We offer tactile warning tiles for both new installation and the retrofitting of older buildings, sidewalks, and parking lots.
All Businesses and Accessibility
The IRS also offers a tax deduction for businesses of any size that take initiative in removing barriers around their facilities. This may include widening doorways, installing ramps or elevators, or ensuring that your parking lots or garages have tactile warning systems for the safety of your employees and customers. ADA Solutions, Inc. offers high-quality, durable, and cost-effective warning strips to ensure that your company is not only compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, but also does so in a cost-effective and lasting way. ADA Solutions offers the only 100% replaceable tactile warning system to ensure that no matter how much business or traffic you anticipate, your company will be inviting and accessible to all.
ADA Solutions, Inc. offers cost-effective, durable, and safety-tested tactile warning systems for your grounds. We are the industry leader in ensuring the safety and accessibility of all places for those with disabilities. To learn more, visit our website or call (800) 372-0519.