should be able to get around in public spaces and workplaces without being unnecessarily hindered. But if you’re not disabled and don’t know anyone who is, it might be difficult to know what measures you must take to ensure that people with disabilities can function in your workspace. That’s why Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements exist.
If you hire a remodeling company for interior remodeling, they’re probably well-versed in making both commercial and residential spaces handicap-accessible and ADA-compliant. Let’s take a look at why this is so important.
Having a handicap-accessible workplace is crucial to providing an inclusive atmosphere for employees—and anyone else who happens to frequent your business. Performing exterior and interior remodeling with accessibility in mind shows that you and your company care about those with disabilities. It offers potential employees and customers visual proof that you’ve thought about them and their needs.
Sometimes disabilities aren’t immediately apparent—they’re invisible. Making things easier for people with physical, mental, and other types of disabilities expresses a message to them that they are valued. In turn, those people—be they talented potential employees or valuable potential customers—will be more likely to work for or purchase from your business. Whether you’re trying to attract employees or customers, being inclusive and conscious of the diversity of the public can only help your company.
Hiring a remodeling company to make your business more accessible is certainly a morally sound and business-savvy decision. It will also likely keep your company on the right side of the law.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was a law passed in 1990 that prevents businesses from discriminating against people based on their respective disabilities. It also requires that businesses offer reasonable accessibility and accommodations to those who are disabled.
The ADA’s provisions and guidelines encompass a wide range of factors when it comes to property design. They include the parking lot, the entrances to the buildings, the bathrooms, the corridors and the stairs. Certain features like handicap parking spaces, ramps at building entrances, larger bathroom stalls, wider corridors and alternatives to the stairs are significant components in making buildings ADA-compliant.
A better workspace
Accessibility remodeling usually happens in one of two situations.
- The first is that your company was planning on remodeling your office space anyway, and you’re just incorporating elements of accessibility to promote inclusivity and ensure ADA-compliance.
- The second situation is that you’re performing remodeling specially for the purpose of accessibility and ADA-compliance. In doing so, you might find that some of your other facilities could use an upgrade.
Either way, performing accessibility remodeling is either a painless addition to a previously scheduled remodel, or a gateway to a better work environment that began with the needs of disabled individuals in mind.
Call for your accessibility remodeling today
If you need interior renovations from a proven remodeling company, call us at The RockAway Company. We specialize in accessibility remodeling and can craft a workspace that works for you and anyone else who decides to visit!
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