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What Does ADA Compliance Mean For Your Business?

What Does ADA Compliance Mean For Your Business?

In our world of technological advances and conveniences, we often take for granted how quickly and easily we can find answers to our questions or solutions to our problems. As a business owner, it’s important to remember that how customers and employees function varies, from accessing your building to navigating your website. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four adults in the United States has some type of disability, including those related to mobility, cognition, independent living, hearing, vision, and self-care. The Americans with Disabilities Act requires businesses to make reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, so what does ADA compliance mean for your business?

WHAT IS ADA?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which became law in 1990, is comprehensive civil rights legislation prohibiting discrimination against individuals with disabilities within any area of public life. The purpose of the ADA is to make sure people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities.

ADA REQUIREMENTS FOR BUSINESSES

The ADA established specific requirements, including amendments in 2010, for businesses of all sizes. Business that provide goods and services to the public, known in the ADA as “public accommodations,” must

  • Modify policies and practices that discriminate against people with disabilities
  • Comply with accessible design standards when constructing or altering facilities
  • Remove barriers in existing facilities when readily achievable
  • Provide auxiliary aids and services when needed to ensure effective communication

The ADA defines 12 categories of public accommodations:

  • Stores
  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Service establishments
  • Theaters
  • Hotels
  • Recreational facilities
  • Private museums and schools
  • Doctors’ and dentists’ offices
  • Shopping malls
  • Other businesses

All businesses, even those that do not serve the public, must meet accessible facility design standards for new construction and alterations. These include businesses located in commercial facilities such as office buildings, factories, warehouses, and other facilities that do not provide goods or services directly to the public.
In addition, the Standards of Accessible Design, published in 2010, state that all electronic information and online technology must be accessible to people with disabilities, including computer hardware, software, and documentation. This includes web content.

RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES

The United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division has provided a comprehensive library of business resources related to the ADA, including:

Contact an ADA Specialist or your attorney with specific questions about ADA compliance for your business.

The Bank of Elk River makes accessibility a priority, both at our physical locations and digitally. Learn more about the business and personal products and services we offer and contact us for more information.

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