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Who Is Seiichi Miyake and Why Did He Make Truncated Domes?

In 1965, the inventor Seiichi Miyake created something that would spread to almost every civilized country in the world. Since the creation of truncated domes, a tactile warning surface that is built into sidewalks and pedestrian thoroughfares, they have been installed throughout his native Japan, as well as Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States. […]

What Is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was established in 1990. It was passed to prohibit discrimination for persons with disabilities and to allow them access to specific areas that were previously problematic. These included areas such as employment, medical care, education, and government buildings. It also allowed them to use various forms of transportation and […]

Facts About ADA Compliance Tiles

There are several different things you should know about the tactile detection requirements mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Since 2001, all transitional areas require tactilely detectable tiles to help promote safety for all persons. Truncated domes meet all of the ADA tile requirements, as they are easily seen and can be felt […]

Why We Love Detectable Warning Surfaces (and You Should, Too!)

There are many reasons to love detectable warning surfaces. One of the main reasons is that they are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which can save you thousands of dollars in litigation and fines.  They also provide safety for your customers, your visitors, and your employees. One of the main advantages of […]

History of the ADA and Detectable Warning Surfaces

In 1990, the federal government passed the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) which helped protect the rights of persons with both physical and mental disabilities. It was needed because many public places were not accessible to these persons, and they were unable to access important places, such as hospitals, grocery stores, and government buildings. In […]

Different Types of Truncated Dome Tiles

There are a few different choices when looking at ADA compliant tiles for your next construction project. There are different types of tiles, each with its own specialized use and color, to help you meet all of the requirements set down by the ADA. The first is a radius system, which is a truncated dome […]

Consequences of Violating ADA Compliance Rules on Walkways

Complying with the ADA (American’s with Disabilities Act) rules for walkways and sidewalks is imperative if you want to avoid injuries and possible litigation. Each state has its own rules for compliance violations and will impose fines, court costs, and possible legal fees to the owner of any construction that does not comply with the […]

Complying with Public Rights of Way with Truncated Domes

The requirements of the Accessible Public Rights-of-Way (R304 Detectable Warning Surfaces) requires you to have truncated domes wherever there is a meeting of a sidewalk or walkway and a street accessible by motorized vehicles. The rule states that there must be a detectable warning system for all persons who have a visual disability so they […]

The Most Amazing Roads in the World

The Pan American Highway is the longest in the world, covering a total distance of 16,000 miles and accessing 16 different countries, including the United States, Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, and Peru. Traveling at an average of 60 miles per hour and driving for 8 hours a day, it would take you over a month […]