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3 Basics of ADA Compliance You Should Know

If you are a business owner, then there may be several portions of the ADA law that you are not familiar with, but you can face huge fines if your property is found to be out of compliance. Therefore, you need to learn some of the often-overlooked aspects of the ADA law.

Beyond the Ramp

You must have one accessible parking space for every six car parking spaces in your parking lot. These spaces must be closest to the door that you want customers to use. You must also provide one van space for every 25 vehicles that your parking facility will accommodate.

Furthermore, they must be marked with signs that are visible and abide by the conditions outlined in the law. There are many points outlining the number of exterior entrances your business must have for disabled individuals, including the fact that at least 60 % of all your public entrances must be handicapped accessible. Interior doors within your company must open and shut with less than five pounds of force. Exterior infrared system doors that automatically shut must take at least five seconds to move from a 90-degree angle to within 12 degrees of the latch.

Assisted Listening

Any facility where hearing is an integral part of the activity must have assisted listening devices throughout. This can be provided using neck-loop technology with a radio frequency or infrared system assistive listening equipment. The three main systems used in assistive listening devices are RF (Radio), IR (Infrared), and Induction (Loop) technology. If the facility accommodates 50 people or fewer, then two systems are required. You must provide additional systems as the number of seats increases.


There are many rules following braille signage that are part of the ADA law. Signs must be at least 48 inches above the floor but no more than 60 inches. Each dot making up a braille letter must be at least 1.5 millimeters but no bigger than 1.6 millimeters, and they must be between 2.3 millimeters and 2.5 millimeters apart. Each letter within a word must be no closer 6.1 millimeters apart and no further apart than 7.6 millimeters.

It is essential to be compliant with ADA law in your business. The first time that you are found non-compliant, you can be charged up to $75,000 by the federal government, and you may have to pay additional fines levied by the state and local government. After the first time, you can be fined up to $150,000 by the government, so be sure to stay compliant.

Author Harper Harmon is a freelance writer and blogger who focuses on business, health and other various topics. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication from UCLA and currently resides in Santa Cruz with her dog, Sassy.

Bob Kraft

I am a Dallas, Texas lawyer who has had the privilege of helping thousands of clients since 1971 in the areas of Personal Injury law and Social Security Disability.

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