ADA Corner

  • Where to find current parking, striping, signage regs

    QUESTION: A supervisor recently asked me for information on striping and signage of parking lots for ADA compliance, and I found “ADA Business Brief: Restriping Parking Lots” on the Department of Justice website. However, the document is dated January 2002. Is this information still accurate?

  • U.S. Access Board: Webinar "Building Blocks" - A Refresher (October 2)

    The next webinar in the Board's free monthly series will take place October 2 from 2:30 – 4:00 (ET) and will provide an in-depth review of "building block" requirements for ground and floor surfaces, clear floor space, turning space, operable parts, reach ranges, and protruding objects in the ADA...

  • U.S. Access Board: Animations on the ADA and ABA Standards Available for Download

    Animations on the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards that the Board posted to its website in April are now available for download as well.

  • The importance of keeping curbs raised

    QUESTION: Michele, you said you might cover the full side-to-side radius curb ramp. I’m requesting that you do. At times engineers want to design that style and I personally have problems with it. — Conrad, Utah

  • Access Board Webinar: Open Question and Answer (September 4)

    The next webinar in the Board's free monthly series will take place September 4 from 2:30 – 4:00 (ET) and will feature an open question and answer session with Board accessibility specialists.

  • U.S. Access Board: Guide on Access to Outdoor Sites Available from the U.S. Access Board

    A new guide on achieving accessible outdoor sites, including trails and camping areas, is now available from the U.S. Access Board.

  • Diagonal curb ramps are not the best options

    I have received multiple requests to discuss the pros and cons of installing diagonal, or radius, curb ramps at intersections.

  • Access Board Webinar: Accessible Assembly Areas (June 5)

    The next webinar in the Access Board's free monthly series will take place June 5 from 2:30 – 4:00 (ET) and will review requirements for assembly areas in the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards, including provisions for wheelchair spaces, companion seats, and designated aisle seats.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • U.S. Access Board: Guidelines for Emergency Transportable Housing

    The U.S. Access Board has issued guidelines that address access to temporary housing provided by the government in emergencies and natural disasters.

  • 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...

  • ADA Corner: Defining reasonable accommodations

    There is a tiny but very important difference between original and updated reasonable accommodations requirements.

  • 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.


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Michele S. Ohmes is an Americans with Disabilities Act specialist and wheelchair user who works with public works departments, facility managers, and contractors. She travels the country doing presentations, multiday trainings, and consulting.


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