Entries by William Terndrup

Why Easy Access Is Important for Wheelchair Ramps

Used by millions of people with mobility problems, wheelchairs offer the opportunity for free movement and independent, caretaker-free living. For these individuals, wheelchair ramps that offer easy access are absolutely essential. Why Do We Need Wheelchair Ramps? Wheelchair ramps are needed for every reason, but all mean the same thing to those who use them: […]

Cast-in-Place Replaceable Panel Applications

Cast-in-Place tactile panels from ADA Solutions are extremely durable and reliable. They’re made of a homogenous glass, carbon, and fiberglass reinforced composite material that holds up in many environments, in a range of conditions. Using detectable warning products helps your business or facility comply with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and California Title 24 […]

Why Are Different Colors Used to Distinguish Detectable Warning Tiles?

Detectable warning surfaces are one of many requirements set by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). They help people with visual impairments identify transitions between sidewalks and roadways, the tops and bottoms of ramps, and the edges of transit platforms. The ADA sets guidelines on detectable warning surface colors, the size of warning tiles, and […]

ADA Standards for Accessible Design

Built on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design lays out 279 pages of guidelines for building and facility design, construction, or alteration. They apply to public buildings, facilities, and spaces. To be compliant, these must be accessible to and usable by individuals with visual impairments and other […]

5 Simple Techniques to Add Way-Finding into Your Facility

Since their development in the 1960s, tactile surfaces for the blind or partially sighted have come a long way. These tiles are usually yellow or red. For most sighted people, these look like decorative features, but they serve as very important navigational guides. Today, you’ll find many types of tactile surfaces in places like: Sidewalk […]

Disability Awareness Dates to Know

Facility operators and owners must address ADA compliance to accommodate people with disabilities—but did you know there are days, weeks, and months to raise awareness of various disabilities and related matters? One is International Day of People with Disabilities on December 3rd, and, with about 15% of the world’s population living with disabilities, it makes […]

Gamechangers That Have Shaped the Disability World

In the past, people with disabilities weren’t always accepted into society. It wasn’t until the 20th century that the physically and mentally disabled gained support. In the 1930s, the League for the Physically Handicapped was formed, helping to fight for employment rights during the Great Depression. Over the next few decades, advocacy groups and legislation […]

The Process of Installing Transit Surface Applied Tactile

Surface applied tactile tiles are often used in transit applications such as commuter rail, subways, light rapid transit, monorails, and bus stations. They have emerged as a requirement for public transportation facilities under Title II of the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA), which forbids public transportation authorities from discriminating against people with disabilities. Tactile warning […]

ADA Guidelines 2020

Passed in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was revised later with the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design. It was originally intended to reduce discrimination. In these guidelines, we will discuss ADA-compliance requirements for accessibility in public spaces. Two components of the ADA apply to businesses, including: Title I: Covers qualified employers with […]

Costly Lawsuits Cities and Businesses Face for ADA Noncompliance

Lawsuits filed against large businesses and local governments regarding failures in ADA compliance have become commonplace, leading to settlements in the billions of dollars that require major renovations and repairs. The Americans with Disabilities Act requires cities and businesses to install equipment and design spaces that ensure meaningful access for those who are disabled. While […]