Ada Compliance Of Select Public Spaces Essay

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ADA Compliance of Select Public Spaces

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990 and went into effect, January 26, 1992. It was originally drafted by the National Council on Disability and introduced into the House and Senate in 1988. The ADA was a broad piece of legislation that was intended to prohibit, ?the exclusion of people with disabilities from everyday activities? (ADA Guide for Small Businesses, 1996). In an attempt to examine the progress of public compliance with the ADA requirements I have chosen to visit and examine three facilities. I have chosen, The Carnegie Library ? Homewood (CLPGH), 7101 Hamilton Avenue, 15208; The Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry (SHCFP), 828 Hazelwood Avenue, 15217; and UPMC West (UPMCW), 1600 Coraopolis Heights Road, 15108. The CLPGH has been a library since construction and dedication March 10, 1910. The SHCFP moved into this facility in 2008, a concrete block ?strip Mall? building constructed in the 1960?s. UPMCW is a newer building constructed for its current use during the 1990?s. Each of these facilities present a unique challenge in making the facility and services available to those with disabilities.
When visiting these facilities I used a checklist produced by Barrier Free Environments, Inc. and Adaptive Environments Center, Inc. The worksheet is intended to assist owners who must remove barriers in order to comply with the ADA regulations. This checklist is only a guide and…

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