Access Advocates Year in Review: Top Posts of 2015


As in prior years, we’re overwhelmed by the support and engagement we’ve received in 2015! It’s been a busy year for us here at Access Advocates and judging from the volume of phone calls, emails, website hits and social activity, you’ve had a busy year reading our stuff! Here’s a quick recap of some of our most shared blog content from 2015:

#10 – 4 Ways to Ensure Your Destination Meets Your Accessible Travel Needs

Arriving at your hotel and discovering it is not ADA compliant, can quickly turn fun into frustration. The good news is, a little advance homework can help you to confirm your accommodations meet your accessible travel needs. Here are 4 tips to keep your vacation plans on track. Read this post for our top 4 tips to keep your accessible travel plans on track.

#9  – Americans with Disabilities Act: Finding Solutions to Public Access Problems

The Americans with Disabilities Act was established to combat discrimination against those with disabilities in our country.  It covers issues of employment, housing, public access to buildings and other aspects of everyday life for people with disabilities.  The act has specific regulations regarding each aspect of its protection. While there have been great strides since its enactment in 1990, there is still a need for awareness and enforcement. Read this post to find out where the greatest opportunities exist with regard to ADA building compliance.

#8  – Accessible Playgrounds

Since 2012, children’s access to play areas has been a civil right under the Americans with Disabilities Act. However, due to the cost of refitting and redesigning playgrounds, many playgrounds are not ADA-compliant. When new parks are built or old parks are remodeled, it is often the parents of children with disabilities rather than local government who are behind the efforts to make the community more aware of the need as well as raising appropriate funds. Read this post to learn more about the many benefits of accessible playgrounds and see if we featured one in your area.

#7  – 25 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act: How Far Have We Come?

Although the Americans with Disabilities Act has brought many advancements, there is still significant room for improvement. In fact, it has been estimated that over 90% of publicly accessible buildings in the United States still did not meet ADA compliance standards. Read this post for more on how the ADA has changed the way we do business in the United States and just how much more there is to be done.

#6  – Ask Hank: For ADA hotel rooms, doesn’t the bed have to be low enough for a wheelchair user?

In the opinion of ACCESS, the bed is the foundation of the hospitality industry so it must be accessible. Read this post to see which statute applies to the furniture and provisions provided in ADA hotel rooms.

#5  – What Types of Buildings Must Be in ADA Compliance?

A building in compliance with the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) means a person with a disability is able to access all needed services. Read this post for examples of the types of buildings that are required to meet ADA compliance in three categories: everyday activities, vacation travel, and government.

#4  – Wheelchair Access Is A Civil Right, Not An Option

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 was specifically created to protect YOU! We are your voice and want to make sure that wheelchair access is available everywhere you go in the United States because it’s the law – and you’re entitled to safe access. Read this post to find out how we can help strengthen and protect your access as a civil right.

#3  – Are Service Animals Protected Under the Americans with Disabilities Act?

Service animals are invaluable assets for individuals with an array of disabilities, including blindness, autism, hearing impairments, diabetes, immobility, severe allergies and mental illness. Read this post to find out what the ADA says about service animals.

#2  – Condominiums Avoid ADA Compliance

Condominiums are tricky things. They consist of an owned area similar to an apartment, in a large multi-person building. This begs the question: What are the access requirements for such a building, one that combines both private areas and public areas? Read this post to find out!

#1  – 6 Things You Might Not Have Known About ADA Compliance 

Dealing with ADA compliance can be overwhelming at times. Dealing with ADA compliance can be overwhelming at times. Even a simple trip to the store can become a task if it is not accessible for people with disabilities. But, the ADA makes clear that equal treatment is not synonymous with identical treatment. Read this post for 6 tips to help you navigate the sometimes muddy waters.

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