Open Q & A

Thursday, September 7, 2017
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time Zone


This is a regular session in our webinar series that provides an opportunity to ask questions on any topic related to the Board's work and activities. Questions are welcome on the Board's accessibility requirements and rulemaking activities, including the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards, new standards being developed for medical diagnostic equipment, and other topics related to the Board's work. Accessibility specialists will answer questions submitted in advance during the first half of the session, leaving time in the second half to answer questions in the live session.

Continuing Education Recognition Available

Certificate Credit hours
Certificate of Attendance 1.5
ICC 1.5
LA CES 1.5


Bill Botten, Training Coordinator, Senior Accessibility Specialist, Office of Technical and Information Services, U.S. Access Board

Rex Pace, Senior Accessibility Specialist and Technical Assistance Coordinator, US Access Board

Questions for presenters:

1 Re ADA sign mounting distance. An ADA sign with either left or right justified tactile lettering can not be uniformly placed a set distance from the swing of the door since 703.4.2 requires an 18"x18" square floor space to be centered on the tactile message not the sign as a whole. This means that a sign with a longer message must be placed further away from the door latch side than a sign with a smaller message, resulting in sign installations that are not uniform - one sign's edge might be able to be placed 6" from the swing while another must be placed 9" due to longer messages. This also results in the sign being placed different distances from the swing on left vs. right latch side doors. However, we see many contractors simply centering the sign itself on the 18" square space rather than centering on the tactile. This would result in a more uniform and pleasing look, but will you clarify whether this type of mounting is or is not compliant?
2 What type of facilities are considered licensed long term care facilities under Section 233.2 of the 2010 ADA Standards? Do licensed long term care facilities include independent living facilities? Assisted living facilities? Only skilled nursing care?
3 In a hotel/transient lodging facility, what is the appropriate accessible bed height?
4 Transient Lodging Rooms with Communication Features: Is it acceptable to have a portable door knocker on these guest rooms? 1 train of thought appears to be the ADA SAD specifically only scopes those items which are permanently attached ergo the door knockers would need to be a permanent element. The other train of thought appears to be they were never intended to be permanent. Are the "CF Kits" still acceptable (excepting the fire alarm/life safety features)? WHY or WHY NOT.
5 Are any sinks within a Hospital Laboratory required to be accessible? These sinks are for work related tasks only. Some sinks are classified as "dirty" since they are used to deposit specimens, or some lab instruments discharge into them. Other sinks are classified as "clean" and are used as hand-washing and include an eyewash, but are for employees only. No patients access this department.
6 224.1.1 indicates requirements are based on number of rooms being altered. 223.1.1 indicates requirements do not need to exceed that of new construction. For a hotel with 1,000 guest rooms; the plan is to alter 100 rooms at a time. Do we have to provide 5 accessible units (Table 224.2) in the first six phases, or can we look at the 3% overall requirement and just provide 3 accessible units in each phase of the project? What would be a reasonable way to plan if some of the later phases would provide more appropriate room locations for the accessible units, or are we absolutely stuck with providing the 5% in each of the first six phases?
7 I have a small park that is located on a very steep hillside. The streets on either side are at a 22+ degree angle and the street at the top is at a 12-14 degree angle. There is no street on the other side. The park itself has multiple tiers. We are in the process of renovating the park now. We looked at adding ramps but doing so would take up a great portion of the park and we would have to eliminate some of the current uses to make room. Ramping would also cost much more than 20% of the project. We are planning to have all stairs, railings, drinking fountains, playground equipment etc. compliant but are we required to install ramps given the site and cost limitations?

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