I am visiting New Orleans at the moment and noticed the hotel is an ‘ADA-compliant facility’. I know the ADA is the Americans with Disabilities Act … but that’s pretty much all I know so my curiosity led me to do some digging and I found a checklist on http://www.ada.gov/hsurvey.htm which has questions like
is the usable width of sidewalks at least 36″ wide to accommodate wheelchair travel, even if cars project over the curb onto the sidewalk? [ADA Stds. 4.3.3]
do the exterior ramps have the following features:
a. top and bottom landings that are level, at least as wide as the ramp they serve, and at least 60″ long to allow for adequate maneuvering and resting space for persons who use wheelchairs, walkers, and other mobility aids? [ADA Stds. 4.8.4]
If a fully automatic door is not provided, is the walkway in front of the lobby door level, without any portion steeper than 1:50 (critical dimension of ´” or less), so persons who use wheelchairs do not roll away from the door when they take their hand off the wheelchair and reach for the door hardware? [ADA Stds. 4.13.6]
Do the registration counters or other counters serving guests have a lowered portion no more than 36″ high or is there a folding shelf at 36″ high to allow persons who use wheelchairs to fill out registration forms? [ADA Stds. 7.2]
Is there adequate room for a person who uses a wheelchair to approach the restroom door from the pull side and pull it open without it hitting the wheelchair – this requires at least 18″ of wall space on the latch side of the door? [ADA Stds. 4.13.6]
The full checklist is quite long and clearly a lot of thought has gone into it … I wonder could different countries save time by picking up checklists from other countries rather than spend time developing their own – and use the saved time (and money) to work on communicating the importance and how to implement.