Category Archives: ADA – Myths & Facts

MYTHS & FACTS ABOUT THE ADA #1

MYTH:

American Disability Association (ADA) suits are flooding the courts.

FACT:

The ADA has resulted in a surprisingly small number of lawsuits — only about 650 nationwide in five years. That’s tiny compared to the 6 million businesses; 666,000 public and private employers; and 80,000 units of state and local government that must comply.

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MYTHS & FACTS ABOUT THE ADA #2

MYTH:

The government thinks everything is readily achievable.

FACT:

Not true.  Often it may not be readily achievable to remove a barrier — especially in older structures.  Let’s say a small business is located above ground.  Installing an elevator would not, most likely, be readily achievable — and there may not be enough room to build a ramp — or the business may not be profitable enough to build a ramp.  In these circumstances, the ADA would allow a business to simply provide curbside service to persons with disabilities.

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