Regardless of who you are, whether you are a person with disabilities or you do not have any struggles that make basic daily functions difficult, your rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are protected here in the United States.
Have you ever wondered if the rickety, old, makeshift wheelchair ramp at the entrance to your favorite restaurant, bar, or store is ever just going to collapse under your chair one of these days?
With the holiday shopping season upon us, retailers are giving more attention to merchandise than ADA building compliance. Department stores pack every available space with extra merchandise for the holidays and nowhere is it more crowded than in the store aisles. Retailers view the aisles as extra display space; people with disabilities view them as barriers.
As we move towards fall, we also move closer to the holidays. Whether you want to go shopping for a Halloween costume, or already start your Christmas shopping, it’s important to have wheelchair access wherever you go. But what happens if you find that this access doesn’t exist or it’s unsafe?
Holiday shopping should be a fun and enjoyable experience. In some cases it may be hard to get in the spirit if areas of your favorite shopping center is inaccessible. At Access Advocates, we want to remind you to always be mindful of your surroundings. If your local shopping center could use some improved wheelchair or disabled accessible platforms, take note and send Access Advocates the information as soon as you are able.
ADA compliance under the Americans with Disabilities Act outlines minimum standards for making a place of business accessible to those using wheelchairs. Many business owners are aware of requirements for specially designated parking places, curb cut-outs, ramps, and automatic doors. However, with a little extra time and attention to best practices, grocers can create a much easier shopping experience for customers with disabilities.