This is a sponsored post by Ron Taylor of SignCollection.com.
There are many things that can help make life easier for people with disabilities. Among those things are changes that should be made by establishments to help give people with physical or mental incapacities easy access to employment facilities, services and consumer products. While these changes and additions to public establishments are mandated by the ADA, some businesses are actually exempted from having to comply with these guidelines.
If these exempted establishments exact these changes, regardless of their eligibility for exemptions, they would not only be doing people with disabilities a favor but they will also be doing themselves a favor. This is because of the fact that more and more people are finding themselves with these disabilities as they grow older. This means that the people who are your patrons today can be people with disabilities tomorrow.
Despite the added cost involved with becoming ADA compliant, some business owners do care enough to give equal opportunities to persons with disabilities by removing obstacles and barriers that limit accessibility. Providing persons with handicaps easy access to your establishment will also mean increasing customer loyalty and more revenue from these individuals through the years.
With that said, what can help make life easier for people with disabilities when it comes to establishments that they frequent? Here are few things to consider:
- Signs that are compliant with ADA guidelines – These signs, when created following the specific rules set by the ADA, can and will help people with sensory and mobility impairments to find their way around a facility easily. These signs can also help direct people to where there are accessibility tools they can use, like ramps, elevators and toilets for the handicapped.
- Accessibility tools like ramps, elevators and aisles wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs – Business owners who want people with mobility handicaps to be able to move around and shop freely in their stores should make a point to consider wheelchair access in every area intended for customers. Hallways should be wide enough, elevators should be big enough to fit into, ramps should always be offered as an alternative to steps and support bars should be installed in toilets. This gives persons with locomotor handicaps a sense of independence which will give them a more fulfilling shopping experience, leading to a better mood to buy.
- Parking spaces reserved specifically for people with disabilities – These parking spaces need to be marked clearly, should be sized according to compliance rules and should have a curb ramp right next to it. The facility should also make sure that people who don’t have handicaps don’t intrude this exclusive space and make things hard for people whom it’s intended for.
ADA compliant bathrooms – These stalls should also have parallel grab bars, outward swinging doors that self-close and enough space in the stall for the easy maneuvering of wheelchairs. Going to the bathroom may be a mundane thing to most people, but for persons with disabilities, it can be a big challenge when a facility isn’t prepared to accommodate people with these conditions.
These are just a few things that can make a huge difference in the lives of people with disabilities. Aside from providing them with the facilities, handicap signs and accessibility options that can help them get around better, you will also send people with handicaps a clear message that you consider them with your store’s every plan and they’re welcome to come in any time just like the rest of the population.
About the Author
Ron Taylor is a blogger and an advocate for the rights and welfare of people with disabilities. He currently writes for the blog of SignCollection.com.