The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was a major milestone in United States history. The ADA is meant to stop discrimination against people with disabilities. That includes stopping discrimination in places of public accommodation, including restaurants. Unfortunately, not all restaurants, even those big-chains, will be in compliance with the ADA. Below are some rights people with disabilities who make use of a wheelchair should know when it comes to restaurants.
#1 Parking Lots
The ADA requires that for every 25 parking spots, there must be at least one accessible parking spot for a person with disabilities. Additionally, the spot must be eight feet in width. Lastly, accessible parking spots must be on a two percent or less level surface slope.
#2 Ramp For Dining Area Access
Any restaurant that uses stairs to enter the dining area, must also provide a ramp or some other alternative means for wheelchair access to the dining area. Alternative accessible means may include an elevator or a lift.
A door used as an entrance to a restaurant is considered accessible if it has a minimum width clearance of 32 inches. Additionally, the door cannot exceed 48 inches of width clearance. A restaurant door that does not meet these width requirements are not considered accessible according to the ADA.
Five percent of all eating surfaces should be accessible according to the 2010 ADA guidelines. Between restaurant tables, the aisle should be at least 36 inches in width. The proper height of accessible tables has a minimum of 28 inches and a maximum of 34 inches. Additionally, the tables need to have at least 30 inches of legroom underneath the table.
If you encounter a building that is not in compliance with the ADA, Access Advocates is here to help. Feel free to contact us for more information.