Community Accessibility Checklist
This is only a quick check for employers and business owners to assess whether their facilities are accessible. It is not an exhaustive list. For more detailed information go to: http://www.access-board.gov/adaag/html/adaag.htm
- Are there designated handicapped parking spaces in your parking lot or on the street near your business?
- Are they near the entrance?
- Is there a ramp into the facility from the parking lot?
- If you have steps to the entrance, are there alternative ramps or elevators?
- Are there automatic door openers? Do the doors have knobs or handles?
- Do the stairs have hand railings?
- If there are different floors, are there ramps or elevators in the building?
- Is there clear signage and good lighting?
- Are the signs in elevators, near bathrooms, and other essential areas in Braille?
- Are doorways wide enough for a walker or wheelchair?
- Are the door thresholds flush with the floor or are they too high?
- Are there wheelchairs or motorized carts available for your patrons to use?
- What type of floor surfaces (high/low carpet, tile, cement)? (A thick carpet can be difficult for persons using wheelchairs.)
- Is there accessible bathrooms available (wider stall, grab bars, elevated toilet seat, lower sink, soap, towels within reach)? Is the stall wide enough for a person using a wheelchair to turn around in?
- Is there appropriate seating in your establishment for wheelchairs?
- Are dressing rooms large enough for wheelchairs?
- Are there tables available or just booths?
- Do you have picture menus?
- Do staff know how to communicate via relay or tty with persons who are deaf?
- Do the chairs have armrests? Are chair legs flat or do they have wheels?
- Are phones and drinking fountains within reach?
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Adapted from: Shepherd Center for Rehabilitation Atlanta, GA.