Other stories by Michele S. Ohmes

  • Asphalt vs. concrete in trails and sidewalks

    Question: I am in the process of installing a wide sidewalk at our county nursing home. I would like something that’s durable and gives the best ride to the residents.

  • Service dogs need access too!

    For the past 12 years I have traveled from one end of this country to the other with my service dog. The most difficult task for us was finding places for Maddie to relieve herself.

  • New study completed on natural trail surface materials

    Question: I hear there’s a new report about a ground surface study related to trails. Has this happened? If so, can you let me know how to retrieve it?

  • Maddie in my heart forever

    On April 9, 2014, I had to say goodbye to my priceless service dog Maddie. She was loved by 99% of those who met her. For every one person that I may have made happy, Maddie made at least 1,000 more people happy.

  • Limestone sand/aggregate may not be your best paving choice

    In my area we call it limestone aggregate, and I’m sure it has other titles in other areas. No matter what you call it, it is addressed by Surfaces 302.1 General in the 2010 ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG), which states that floor and ground surfaces shall be stable, firm, and slip-resistant.

  • Accessible signs should not discriminate

    The sign itself does bring about a negative connotation and the code does not require that.

  • My Snow Question for You

    I often talk about the importance of snow removal from public sidewalks and private facilities. Last week I had quite an experience that nearly prevented me from attending a meeting, to which I had traveled more than 150 miles. Thanks to the kindness of strangers, I was finally able to reach my...

  • Signs, signs, everywhere a sign

    I personally spoke with the writer of this question since our paths have crossed before at a disability expo. I found out that the property owner and business owner lost the suit because ADA requirements state that if all entrances are not accessible then the accessible entrance must be identified...

  • Solutions for accessible entrances and ramps

    Last time I discussed building-entrance ramps and the actual requirements from the 2010 ADA Standards. This installment promises less arduous reading, with a slideshow of solutions.