Being our first blog I feel like we should do a little background information so here is – Who we are –
I feel very fortunate to be able to do something I love. Not just something I love but something that is a benefit to other. There aren’t many fields of work that allow you see something at its worse and then see the transition to its best. Teachers and physical therapists would understand this process but not many other people do. Most jobs get to just see one aspect of the whole project or person. What we do here at ADA Inspection Plus, LLC. Is we get the chance to be called in and help identify things that are not compliant with ADA.
Now a bit more background information on ADA the whole reason we do what we do: in Title 42 – The Public Health and Welfare – Chapter 126 – Equal Opportunity for individuals with Disabilities, Section 12101 – it shall be super summarized to this:
(The whole thing is pages and pages long so feel free to read the whole thing here: http://www.ada.gov/pubs/adastatute08.htm#12101 )
“Persons with disabilities have the right to participate in society, but many have been discriminated against. History has shown that a society will segregate themselves from different types of individuals, which is a serious problem for a government that was founded with the goal to provide equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for all individuals. But, even in today’s society this group of individuals with disabilities are being segregated. They are segregated by employment, housing, public accommodations, education, transportation, communication, recreation, institutionalization, health services, voting, access to public services. Because there isn’t a system of guidelines installed they are continually being segregated by exclusion in architectural, transportation and communication barriers without rules in effect to enforce modifications or require set standards even down to the lesser services – programs, activities, benefits, jobs or other opportunities.. They don’t have the same legal help that persons who are being segregated by race, color, ethnicity, or religion have. Because of these flaws in the system the United States has spent billions of dollars in unnecessary expenses resulting from dependency and non-productivity.
The purpose of this chapter (126) is to provide clear and comprehensive national mandate for elimination of discrimination and clear, strong, consistent enforceable standards addressing discrimination against individuals with disabilities. It’s meant to hold the government as a central role in enforcing these standards established in this chapter and to give power to the fourteenth amendment.”
And then it goes on to outline more of the definitions and regulations…
So the government came to a realization that not all of its citizens were given equal opportunity and that a guideline had to be set to help bring everyone together to make the United States a place that everyone can work and live with equal opportunities. Now, government and state facilities need to bring themselves into ADA compliance all the way down to sidewalks and any place that serves the public (mom & pop shops included). I know the idea may seem sketchy or unfair but just think what if something that caused a disability happened to you? What if you broke a leg and couldn’t get into your favorite place because they had stairs, with no railing or didn’t have an elevator and you had to climb 5 flights of stairs to get to your room? What if you were becoming blind and still like to walk around, those bumpy things on the ground (truncated domes) outside of stores and walkways let the blind know when they will be walking into a vehicular path of travel. There are hundreds of things that the able bodied don’t realize the importance for.
So what does ADA Inspection do? What does a CASp really do?… If you would like the complete rules and guidelines for a CASp check this out:
We know the rules and guidelines, the government’s mandatory requirements and the state’s. We have done the hard work so that we can answer all your questions. Plus, we have years and years of experience in construction so we are able to help you find the best solution to become ADA compliant, we can even do the exterior design for you so you can just take it to the city for approval. We want to make our clients’ life easier and we want to really help them with helping the people. We want to see this country be one that gives the same opportunities for everyone. We really do live in a great place and we were given a government strong founding beliefs that make us different from every other country. It may still take time yet but we will become a place that can service all.
I hope the information that we will come to provide and post that you will gain a knowledge and understanding of this field in all of it’s aspects and angles and you will come to see how everyone is affected by ADA. I hope you enjoy the journey and thank you for reading.