Do I have to allow service animals in my business? Do I have enough accessible parking stalls? What about my website, does it have to be accessible too?
While many people assume ramps, accessible bathroom stalls, and braille signage is the norm, it hasn’t always been that way. The ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) was signed into law in 1990, after a long and arduous struggle by the disability and civil rights communities.
“Since then, the ADA has transformed American society, guaranteeing that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to enjoy employment opportunities, purchase goods and services, and participate in state and local government programs.” (from ADA.gov)
Every year, we celebrate the passage of the ADA in July, and year-round, we offer consultation services to businesses who have questions about ways their business can be more accessible not only to comply with legal guidelines, but to better include our entire community.