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A Guide to Creating an ADA-Compliant Business

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Having an ADA-compliant business makes for a more comfortable experience for those who need accessibility the most

Creating an ADA-compliant business can help your company grow in so many ways. ADA compliance shows that you care about each of your customers having a comfortable experience inside of your establishment. Our contributions to ADA-compliant businesses include commercial stairlifts and wheelchair lifts, as well as offering LULA elevators. This guide is not exhaustive, but it covers some of the basics. Here is how you can align your business with ADA compliance. 

Consider Changing Your Seating Options

ADA compliance does not always mean that you have to make costly, extraneous changes to your business. There are many small, simple changes that you can make. Consider furnishing your restaurant with chairs and tables that can accommodate and adapt to the needs of several people, including those who may need wheelchair accessibility

Lower Shelves and Counters Make for a More ADA-Compliant Business

If your checkout counters are taller than 36 inches, then this could cause an issue for anyone with a disability. For wheelchair users, the counter could prove to be way too high. Also, shelves and aisles could be a roadblock. People who use crutches, walkers, or wheelchairs may need more room to get down an aisle. If they don’t have the room they require or are unable to reach what they need, this could indeed be an obstacle. Extremely tall shelving is hard for anyone to reach. Of course, this problem may seem like an easy fix. A customer could easily ask for help. However, giving customers the autonomy to grab what they need in the least amount of time and without assistance makes for a better shopping experience.

Accessible Entrances and Walkways Aid in ADA Compliance

For most businesses, this is not an issue since 1992, when ADA took place. It’s common to see slanted sidewalks and accessible entrances. However, if your business has been around since before 1992, then you may need to make sure that your company is in compliance. Some suggestions include automatic doors, wheelchair ramps, and plenty of handicap parking. 

Count on Us for Commercial Elevators, Wheelchair Lifts, and Stairlifts

Go the extra mile so that your visitors don’t have to and call us. If your church has multiple levels, then we can install LULA elevators to make the experience easier for your members. If you own a business with more than one story, then we can install wheelchair lifts or stairlifts so that your customers can move around with more ease. 

Preferred Elevator: We’re On the Up and Up!

For 14 years, Preferred Elevator has served residents in Central Maryland, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. You can rely on our experienced home installation team and quality products.

For our commercial elevator clients, we also provide annual inspections of your equipment to adhere to standards established by the state of Maryland. During these inspections, we make sure that your commercial mobility product is functioning correctly and efficiently. We’ll also go over all safety devices and customized features offered within your plan!

Get in touch with us! Our business hours are Monday-Friday 8 am -5 pm. Reach us by phone at 410-238-2555, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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    • 7110 Golden Ring Road
      Suite 102
      Essex, MD 21221
    • Phone: 410-238-2555
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