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Although America still uses much of the infrastructure built during the Great Depression, there is no question that city streets have evolved during the past 50 years. Many communities have become more attuned to the needs of those with disabilities by installing detectable warning systems, such as ADA-compliant warning strips. Although these warning systems improve the safety of the disabled, those with visual impairments, physical impairments, and other disabilities still face challenges today.
In general, crosswalks have become safer in many areas. Pedestrians with mobility issues can more easily transition from the curb to the street when a portion of the sidewalk is flush with the street. The painted lines of a crosswalk indicate to motorists that pedestrians have the right of way. Some communities have taken safety a step further by installing truncated domes at the ends of crosswalks. This type of warning strip alerts pedestrians with visual impairments that the sidewalk is ending and the street is nearby. However, pedestrians must still navigate many crosswalks that haven’t yet been updated with truncated domes.
As more people become conscious of the need to conserve fossil fuels and become more physically active, many are opting to bike around town. Many cities have installed bike lanes along roadways to improve the safety of bicyclists. Ideally, city planners should consider the safety of those with disabilities when planning bike lanes. For example, crossing the bike lane may be difficult for a person with limited physical abilities. Those with visual impairments require warning strips to differentiate between the sidewalks, bike lanes, and roads.
Over the past 50 years, there have been significant increases in the number of vehicles on American roadways. Globally, 1.7 billion vehicles are expected to be on the road by 2035, according to CNBC. The monumental growth of vehicular traffic translates into an even greater need to ramp up safety measures. Communities can protect pedestrians from vehicular accidents with tactile warning surfaces.
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Legislation, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), ensures the rights of Americans with disabilities. ADA guidelines strive to improve the daily lives of those with disabilities by calling for the installation of detectable warning systems, such as ADA warning strips. Unfortunately, Americans with disabilities still face an array of challenges, including discrimination and inaccessible areas.
It’s illegal to discriminate against a person with a disability while hiring, renting out a home, or selling services, goods, or property. It’s also illegal to engage in discriminatory behaviors within the workplace. Any instance of treating a person with a disability less favorably may be considered discrimination. Unfortunately, many Americans with disabilities still encounter discrimination. For example, an employee with a disability may be denied a promotion because the disability requires that employee to take more time to complete tasks. Human resources staff members should implement protocols to ensure that every employee is aware of the consequences of discriminatory practices.
There are a wide range of disabilities, including visual impairments and physical handicaps. These disabilities often present navigational challenges. For example, imagine you have a severe visual impairment and are attempting to find the door to a building. Or, imagine that you’re bound to a wheelchair and the aisles of a bookstore are too narrow to navigate. Inaccessibility is a monumental challenge for the disabled. Businesses can mitigate these challenges by installing truncated domes in concrete to alert a person that a ramp or stairs are nearby.
Traffic accidents are all too common in America, and navigating sidewalks and crosswalks present an even greater challenge for those with disabilities. It may be difficult for a person with a visual impairment to determine where a crosswalk is, for example, or where the sidewalk curves around a building or roadway. ADA-compliant warning systems enable those with disabilities to safely navigate sidewalks and streets.
To learn how you can make your community more accessible to those with disabilities, please call ADA Solutions, Inc. at (800) 372-0519. Our knowledgeable representatives are happy to explain the benefits of detectable warning systems, such as truncated domes. All of our warning systems are ADA compliant and easy to install.
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When you buy truncated domes from ADA Solutions, Inc., you’re getting the industry’s leading tactile warning system. Our truncated domes meet ADA and state requirements and are designed to last. Don’t assume that all truncated domes are designed the same way. You get features with ADA Solutions’ products you won’t get from any other manufacturer. We have very stringent standards for our products—standards that go beyond the industry norm in just about every category. Our truncated dome systems are water- and slip-resistant, UV stable, chemical-resistant, and able to stand up to heavy traffic and weather changes. Perhaps most importantly, our truncated domes surpass industry requirements for detectability. That means they help keep disabled individuals in your community safer.
At ADA Solutions, Inc., our products are designed to last for decades. Why invest in sub-par items when you can have the best warning systems available? We can arrange a meeting with a local representative for you when you call (800) 372-0519.
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Constructing a space that can accommodate customers of all backgrounds and needs isn’t only good for business; federal law mandates it. The Americans with Disabilities Act states that businesses must comply with directives to allow individuals with disabilities the opportunity to patronize their stores. If you are currently building a space, or you have recently purchased a property, it’s essential that you verify its ADA compliance to avoid legal repercussions and the exclusion of customers with disabilities.
Consider your storefront; does it have an elevated entrance? If so, you must make sure that individuals with limited mobility, including customers in wheelchairs, can access it. A single entrance that only has stairs is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Not only does an elevated entrance require a ramp for wheelchairs, but it must also be wide enough to accommodate assistive devices of all sizes.
While having an entrance wide enough for wheelchairs is mandatory, your compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act doesn’t end at the doorway. Your business’s aisles must also be spacious enough to allow for the coming and going of customers with assistive devices. This aspect of the law is especially important for retail stores that put on display as much merchandise as possible at any given time. Though putting your products in view is good for business, it cannot be at the expense of your customers’ shopping experience.
Whether they’re used for displaying merchandise or as a checkout space, tables and countertops must be low enough for individuals in wheelchairs to see and reach. If a person in an assistive device cannot access a checkout counter, it is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Are your outside ground surfaces in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act? ADA Solutions, Inc. can see to it that your new building or storefront is outfitted with the right tactile warning systems for vision-impaired customers. For more information on our ADA warning strips for businesses in the United States, call (800) 372-0519 or visit our website.
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Pedestrian travel ways can present a long list of potential dangers if you rely on a wheelchair, cane, or other aid to get around. It’s easy to overlook how even minor maintenance issues can become obstacles if you don’t have a disability. This video will open your eyes to the dangers.
In this video, you’ll get a unique view of what it is like to navigate a typical system of sidewalks from the perspective of someone in wheelchair. Overgrown shrubbery, cars that block sidewalks, and standing water in sidewalk ramps can all be dangerous. Poor maintenance of pedestrian travel ways can even prevent people from going where they need or want to be.
At ADA Solutions, Inc., our truncated dome systems are part of the solution. Our tactile warning tiles make daily life safer for the visually and mobility impaired. Find out more about our products by calling (800) 372-0519.