What is ADA Compliance?

ADA compliance is the nature of making buildings, electronics, and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. The Department of Justice (DOJ) published the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design in September 2010.

What does ADA mean?

ADA is the acronym for The Americans with Disabilities Act
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public.

Is ADA compliance mandatory?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires businesses to make reasonable accommodations for those with recognized disabilities, but only if those businesses fall within the ambit of the law. If your business is on the small side or doesn't cater to the public, it may not need to comply with the ADA.

We will focus our ADA compliance discussion on new construction and some of the more common non-compliance concerns that can be addressed during design and planning.

It is important to note that you need to pay particular attention to the building code and regulations that pertain to your new building. For example, if you are in California you may be required to comply with the California Building Code which may or may not be more stringent than the requirements set forth in The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) 2010 regulations.

Does every bathroom have to be ADA compliant?
ADA regulations require at least one ADA-compliant restroom for each gender. Therefore, if your floor space is no more than 2,500 square feet, both restrooms will need to be compliant with the ADA. If instead, your facility has a cluster of single-use restrooms, at least half of them must be ADA-compliant.

How to make your ADA Compliance inspections Quick and Simple.

At All Things Inspector, we understand ADA compliance and we have created some inspection tools that will help you make sure that your properties are in compliance with the ADA standards. Below we will list out a few key things that you will want to check for when doing an ADA compliance inspection whether you are a property owner, CASP, Architect, or Contractor.

  • Bathrooms - are often a busy location in a building and should not be left out when checking things for ADA compliance. Such as:
    • Knee and toe clearance - Check out the perfect tool to help you check for proper ADA knee clearance.
    • Door Clearances
    • Door opening and closing forces - We have door pressure gauges to help determine if your doors a within requirements
    • Maneuvering Clearances
  • Drinking fountains

We have tools that help check your restrooms to make sure that they are ADA compliant. We have a page that that talks specifically about toe and knee space clearance requirements.

Tool for checking knee clearance

If you would like to check out the 2010 ADA Standard you can do so here.