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ADA - Americans with Disabilitites Act
ADA Guidelines
wheelchair users
 
The Americans with Disabilities Act requires numerous accommodations for wheelchair and vision impaired access to public and private facilities. Links to the guidelines, regulations and guidance on complying with ADA.
 
US ACCESS BOARD 
 
The Board develops and maintains design criteria for the built environment, transit vehicles, telecommunications equipment, and for electronic and information technology. It also provides technical assistance and training on these requirements and on accessible design and continues to enforce accessibility standards that cover federally funded facilities. 
 
ADA ACCESSIBILITY GUIDELINES Homepage  
 
ADA ACCESSIBILITY GUIDELINES FOR BUILDINGS AND FACILITIES (ADAAG)  
 
ADA ACCESSIBILITY GUIDELINES FOR PUBLIC RIGHTS OF WAY (PROWAG)   
  

 

 
Sidewalk Ramps
 
Ramp Construction
 
There are Six Basic Principles:
  1. Traversable path should slope in one direction at a time (max slope = 1/12).
  2. Provide 4' square level landing at top of ramp.
  3. Provide truncated domes at base of ramp (2' x ramp width).
  4. Maximum algebraic difference between the ramp slope and the street or gutter slope shall not exceed 13.
  5. There should be no lip where the ramp meets the street.
  6. Don’t block the traversable path of a wheelchair with a pole or other object!
 
More information about “Sidewalk Ramps Done Right” can be found at the link below:
 

 
Alterations - Guidance & Info
 
New Guide Published on Rights-of-Way Alterations
 
A new design guide is now available on achieving accessibility in alterations projects involving public streets and sidewalks.  Accessible Public Rights-of-Way: Planning and Designing for Alterations explains how to maximize accessibility in the course of alterations through careful planning, an understanding of current regulations and access criteria, and strategies for negotiating constraints.  The guide outlines and illustrates design solutions and model sidewalks and includes case studies and other resources.   This information was developed by a group of former members of the Board’s Public Rights-of-Way Access Advisory Committee which prepared recommendations for the Board’s use in developing new guidelines for public rights-of-ways.  In the course of its work, the Committee determined that guidance specific to alterations was needed as a supplement to future guidelines.  The guide was published by the Institute of Transportation Engineers with support from the Board and will soon be available on the Board’s website.
 
http://ite.org/accessible/PROWAAC/PROWAAC_SpecialReport_LR.pdf
 

 
Recreational Trails
 
Outdoor Developed Areas - Final Guidelines 
 
The guidelines cover trails, outdoor recreation access routes, beach access routes, and picnic and camping facilities.