What is the Americans with Disabilities Act? How does it affect our office space?

The Americans with Disabilities Act ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation and telecommunications.

As a building owner or a tenant, this includes making reasonable accommodations to office spaces to ensure they’re accessible for use by all. Examples include providing ramps, widening doorways, reconfiguring shelves, moving toilet stall partitions to accommodate wheelchairs and installing grab bars.

Under this Act, disability accommodations should be “reasonably achievable” and not cause financial hardship to the owner or tenant.

To learn more about the Act, visit the ADA website (www.ada.gov).

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