Current Business Owner and ADA Accessibility: Accommodate Customers

Current Business Owner and ADA Accessibility requires taking a proactive approach to addressing the accessibility of your business/property and will enable you to foster relationships with potential customers or clients. As your ADA Consultant in the Jacksonville and Orlando areas, this is how we promote inclusion.

CURRENT OWNER: Why should I worry about ADA compliance as I have owned my business for several years?

1Building age: Existing facilities, regardless of age, which were not compliant with the 1991 Standard, must come into compliance with the 2010 Standard.  There is no grandfather clause for older buildings; however, there are accommodations for registered historic buildings and churches.

 

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Alterations/ modifications done: Remodeling, renovation, structural changes, wall changes, reconstruction, historic restoration or other building modification requiring a permit is an alteration.  The ADA does not consider normal maintenance, re-roofing, painting, wallpapering, asbestos removal, or changes to electrical and mechanical systems to be alterations unless they affect usability. According to the ADA requirements, when altering a primary function area, the Path of Travel elements supporting this space are required to be altered as well. What does this mean? This means the continuous route connecting the altered area to an entrance, including phones, restrooms, and drinking fountains that, where provided, serve the altered area are to be made accessible as well. This may, in fact, involve modifications outside of the altered area.

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Implementation/ remediation plan: Business owners, in order to prevent disruptive lawsuits, should understand barrier removal and the advantages of having an implementation/ remediation plan. Click here to LEARN MORE about the 2017 Florida Statute 553.5141 which aids a current business owner and ADA accessibility.

 

Businesses cannot afford to be out of ADA compliance. Private individuals may bring lawsuits in which they can obtain court orders to stop discrimination and file for damages. Individuals may also file complaints with the Attorney General, who is authorized to bring lawsuits in cases of general public importance or where a pattern or practice of discrimination is alleged.

Types of simple changes for compliance:

      • Automatic door closers
      • Installation of handrail extensions
      • Upgrade van accessible spaces to one in six versus one in eight with compliant signage
      • Grab bars
      • Ramps
      • Accessible upgrades to swimming pools such as pool lifts, sloped entries, transfer walls/systems.

Click here for a complete list of barriers the Department of Justice considers  READILY ACHIEVABLE to be remediated.