American Disability Essay

405 WordsApr 29, 20142 Pages
Americans with Disabilities Act the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) was created to give all people with disabilities access to public areas and accommodations. It also insures all Americans with disabilities the right to employment. The ADA was established from many previous acts. These acts included the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. In 1990, there was growing demand for a single act that encompassed all of the regulations pertaining to persons with disabilities. In 1990, President George Bush signed what is known as The Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA as it pertains to buildings is covered in the ADAAG (Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines). This guideline covers everything from drinking fountain heights to door pressure. All public buildings must comply with this guideline to be legal. There are regulations for ramp ways and stairs. According to the ADAAG, section 4.10.4, "A visible and audible signal shall be provided at each hoist way entrance to indicate which car is answering the call. Audible signals shall sound once for the up direction and twice for the down direction or shall have verbal annunciators that say 'up' or 'down'." This is an example of the regulations that are present in this document. Another example of a building regulation is ADAAG section 4.13.5, which states "doorways shall have a minimum clear opening of 32 inches (815 mm) with the door open 90 degrees measured between the face of the door and the opposite stop." While many sections are based on persons in wheelchairs, there are also sections that apply to deaf and blind people. SUNY Farmingdale is a public learning institution. All the published guidelines in the ADAAG apply to the Sunny Farmingdale campus. All the buildings must be handicapped accessible and contain such elements inside. In order to ensure equal
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