The federal government announces that the new 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design go into effect. To see the entire notice click here
Basically, this act is established to protect people with disabilities from discrimination by requiring public buildings and businesses to be accessible to all, including those with disabilities. This includes schools and daycare centers. The full document is 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, which can be found at www.ada.gov
My understanding is that this is only for new construction or established buildings that can make simple and inexpensive modifications. How many school buildings have I been in that are not wheelchair accessible. The one that stands out to me is a highschool near my town that is an old historic building, but not a ramp in sight. Inside the school, you have to only stay in a small part of the building if you can't access stairs due to there only being an elevator in one section of the building. I guess it works for most students, but what about the staff and the parents.
The parent that I was with uses a walker for balance and strength. The room where we were meeting was on the third floor and there were no elevators to get there. I asked if there was another room where we could meet, and there weren't any other rooms. This parent struggled up three flights of stairs.
I guess it is expensive to add elevators, but making another room available to accommodate disabilities is an easy fix. Even with a law, there is still room for common sense, I hope?
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