Blog 27, May 2024

July is Disability Pride Month

Disability Pride Month is coming in July. It is an annual opportunity to honor the history, experiences, struggles, and achievements of the differently abled. Its roots go back to the signing into law of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in July 1990.

You might be surprised to hear that the ADA doesn't mandate automatic doors to qualify a building as "accessible." It's true; automatic doors were never required and still aren't.

In fact, the ADA only requires that doorways be 32 inches wide and have "maneuvering clearance" for a wheelchair user to open the door and roll through. Even then, this is only required of 60% of a building's entrances.

People with disabilities often point out that this is woefully inadequate. AAADM agrees.

AAADM, of course, has long been an ally in the fight to make public buildings accessible to all. AAADM members were actively involved in the years-long campaign to make updates to the International Building Code (IBC) a reality. It culminated in IBC 1105.1.1, which includes automatic doors for entrances to public buildings that meet certain building occupant load thresholds.

But the IBC isn't the ADA, and that's the reality we live in.

Our hope would be that, as Disability Pride Month approaches, all building stakeholders think about how they can improve accessibility for the millions of people who use their facilities each day. This includes building owners, facility managers, architects, contractors, and even the public – because public pressure can often bring about positive change.

It's simple, really. Do the right thing. If your facilities need upgrades to make them more accessible, get them done. Consider it an investment that will pay huge dividends by literally opening doors to new customers, patrons, and clients.

More than three decades removed from passage of the ADA, too many public buildings are still difficult or impossible for people with mobility limitations to access. Upgrades such as ramps, wider doorways, and automatic doors help disabled patrons easily and independently visit you, make purchases from you, and use your services.


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