14 Apr

How to Make a Retail Store ADA Compliant


Retail stores face the unique challenge of serving the public, which means being obligated to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). While most retailers carefully follow the ADA suggestions and regulations, a couple of things can slip through the cracks and cause lawsuits.

Stores that comply with the ADA often see other benefits. For example, a display with large print to accommodate individuals with low vision will be more eye-catching for every shopper. Audio announcements can also benefit everyone.

08 Feb

11 Disability Myths You Need To Stop Believing


Forming ideas about how other people live is a common problem, and individuals who live with a disability often face a number of myths about disabilities. These misconceptions come from a variety of places, whether through stereotypes or misinformation. Many disability myths are rooted in a misunderstanding about what it’s like to live with a disability.

To help diminish the ongoing stigma, stereotypes, and myths that people with disabilities face, it’s crucial that society does work to debunk common disability myths.

10 Dec

Driving Tips for Protecting Pedestrians with Disabilities


Since 1990, pedestrian fatalities have increased, and for pedestrians with disabilities, the risk is even higher. From 2007 to 2017, pedestrian deaths increased by 35%. When researchers studied the cities with the highest fatalities, they came across sidewalks in disrepair, lacking curb ramps, and poorly designed crosswalks.

While we have more work to be done to set up a protective infrastructure for pedestrians, there are a few simple driving techniques that will keep others safe.

26 Nov

Interior Home Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities


Interior home accommodations for individuals with disabilities can create a more welcoming and accessible living experience for friends, family, and visitors who deal with disabilities. Depending on whether or not you have someone who needs the accommodations daily or if you have the occasional visitor with disabilities, these interior home accommodations can make a big difference.

23 Aug

Simple Ways to Make Your Office Accessible


Creating an accessible world means taking a few simple steps to make your office accessible. The government mandates that workplaces be equal opportunity employers, and this includes creating an accessible workplace. If your office wants to better serve individuals with disabilities, consider these simple ways to make your office accessible.

25 Jun

ADA Temporary Event Checklist


 
A few weeks ago, we talked about the importance of ADA compliance for a temporary event. Meeting U.S. government standards for a public area can be challenging in general, but a temporary event that is open to the public provides its own hurdles to overcome. ADA compliance at a temporary event can be difficult, but compliance is worth the work to create a more accessible world. 

17 Jun

Best Apps for People who use Wheelchairs


The best applications for people who use wheelchairs often focus on making the world more accessible. Our society loves apps because of how easy they can make our lives, and these benefits are especially important to those who have mobility issues or use a wheelchair.

02 Jun

What Are the Types of Visual Impairments?


Vision loss can happen for a variety of reasons, causing the types of visual impairments to cover a wide spectrum. As a rule, visual impairment cannot be fixed simply by glasses or contact lenses. There are stages of vision loss. What we call blindness is when a visual impairment results in total or near-total vision loss.

29 Apr

Curb Ramps: Every City’s Vote for Accessibility


A sidewalk without a curb ramp presents a dangerous decision to a person who uses a wheelchair or a similar mobility device. Without a curb ramp, a person could lose their balance while trying to navigate the sidewalk curb or opt to use the road to avoid the curb altogether, risking an accident with vehicle drivers.

No one should have to make this decision.

A curb ramp allows individuals with impairments to merge safely from a curbed sidewalk to the street and back again. This short ramp makes the world accessible to anyone with a mobility device.

04 Apr

An Ode to Seiichi Miyake: The Inventor of Dome Tiles


On Monday, March 18th, Google Doodle featured the Japanese inventor of detectable dome tiles, Seiichi Miyake. His invention changed the world by empowering and protecting individuals with visual impairments to cross streets with greater ease. Fifty-two years have passed since the first dome tiles were installed, and these detectable warning tiles are now part of many cities throughout the world.