I recently retweeted an article from RD+D Magazine (Restaurant Design + Development) regarding changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Some of you may not be familiar with the ADA (or Twitter, for that matter…follow me! @kelseyjmitch). Briefly, the ADA is civil rights legislation that protects discrimination against individuals with disabilities. As a designer, I follow ADA standards for Accessible Design, meaning I create public spaces that follow standards allowing for all individuals, no matter their level of ability, to be able to comfortably and safely use a space. Elements such as ramps, larger restroom stalls, wider aisles and accessible seating are all part of ADA design standards.
What caught my eye about the article from RD+D was the fact that establishments are becoming ADA compliant not only for business reasons, but because it is a moral responsibility. Check out the entire article here: http://www.rddmag.com/features/64-ada-update. It does a much better job spouting off regulation years and remembering the difference between swing in and clearance out…which to me, sound like the same thing.