DO WE REALLY HAVE TO BE ACCESSIBLE/ADA COMPLIANT?
We live in what I believe to be the greatest country in the world, providing opportunities for success, unlimited freedom and independence. As a former avid RVer with limited mobility disabilities, and a wonderful caregiving wife, we hope to inspire all persons, regardless of disability, to use the information posted on our website to afford you the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors without sacrificing dignity or independence. We hope you will learn from our personal experiences where we have discovered the freedom to go RVing and camping without sacrificing my personal dignity, freedom or independence where I could freely roam in my wheelchair without barriers, thus providing a very positive experience and one that I would do again and again.
It has been our experience that most campground owners simply do not know what their responsibilities are when it comes to providing accessibility for their guests with disabilities. We have had numerous conversations with campground managers and RV Park owners who admitted they just don’t have the time to learn what needs to be done, nor do they have the money. The reality is that both public and private entities all have levels of accountability and responsibility. Another reality is that compliance does NOT have to accomplished all at once. We recommend developing a multi-year plan to document what, when, how and the budget for accomplishing final compliance. We also recommend using an accessibility specialist who is schooled in the more current standards for barrier removal to save time and money, and costly mistakes. As one with a construction background, it can cost anywhere from 3 – 5 times the initial cost to correct a deficiency that could have been done right the first time.
RVing Accessibility Group was formed to help people with disabilities find suitable camping facilities conducive to an overall environment of freedom and independence, and to help campground and RV park owners determine the most cost effective ways of providing such an environment. We are NOT the RV POLICE. What we are, are advocates for education for inclusion of all persons in life’s activities with a focus on the outdoor experience.
During a recent research project, the following was discovered and thought it might generate some thought on behalf of campground and RV park owners, as well as outdoor activity event organizers.
Each bullet point is simply just 1 description of the type of violation discovered at either a public or private facility and was amazing to find the number of different kinds of violations, and what was required for correction. Please note the following list does not include the recent settlement agreement with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which is one of the largest, if not the largest, settlement agreement in the history of the ADA.
To learn more, go to www.ada.gov
ADA Settlements and Consent Agreements
The Freedom of Information/Privacy Act (FOIA) Branch of the Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice operates an electronic reading room for viewing ADA documents including settlements and consent agreements. In addition to the ADA agreements listed below, this electronic reading room has approximately 10,000 pages of material.
Copies of settlement and consent agreements can also be obtained by writing to the Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Branch at: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., FOIA Branch, NALC Room 311, Washington, D.C. 20530. The fax number for this office is (202) 514-6195.
Currently, the FOI/PA Branch maintains more than ten thousand pages of ADA material. The records are available at a cost of $0.10 per page (first 100 pages free). Please make your requests as specific as possible in order to minimize your costs.
DESCRIPTIONS OF ACCOMMODATIONS AGREED UPON PER SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT
- accessible seating in the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, accessible concession stands, gates, elevators, ramps, toilet rooms, suites, press boxes, and other facilities and services at the stadium
- reasonable modifications and auxiliary aids for participants in youth sports league
- admitting individuals who use service animals into a restaurant
- new construction violations at hotel and casino resort
- settlements with counties, cities, towns and villages resulting from reviews in 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia
- removal of architectural and communication barriers to provide access to guest rooms and common elements
- increasing access to people with physical disabilities
- removal of architectural barriers at convenience stores and gas stations
- providing qualified sign language interpreters at dental offices
- provision of reasonable modifications in policies, practices, and procedures when necessary to ensure safe participation in program for campers with diabetes
- consent order to provide lines of sight for persons who use wheelchairs that are comparable to those offered other patrons in stadium-style movie theaters
- moving barriers to accessibility at an existing automobile racetrack
- access to accessible seats, companion seats, and accessible ticketing policies
- accessible transportation for persons who use wheelchairs
- removal of architectural barriers at lodging and recreational facilities at a mountain resort
- golf cart access for golfers with disabilities
- accessibility modifications at a live entertainment theater
- accessibility modifications, temporary facilities, sign language intepreters and shuttle bus service at an annual cultural festival
- accessible spectator parking at PSINet Stadium
- assistance for transferring from a wheelchair to an examination table
- denial of program participation because an individual is “regarded as” disabled
- program and physical accessibility
- program accessibility at a county courthouse
- denial of medical services on the basis of disability
- removal of architectural barriers, assistance to passengers with disabilities, lift-equipped bus service
- removal of architectural barriers, alterations to existing facilities, modifications to policies, practices and procedures
- accessibility to city services, programs and activities, completion of a self evaluation and transition plan, effective communications with people with disabilities and compliance with the ADA Accessibility Standards in new construction and alteration of facilities
- accessibility to customer queue areas
- barriers to access, auxillary aids and services and mediation
- design and construction of arenas and stadiums
- appointing an ADA coordinator and establishing a grievance procedure to resolve ADA complaints
- removal of architectural barriers and compliance with the alteration requirements of the ADA Standards for Accessible Design
- accessibility to the SCOPE Arena and access to the services, programs or activities provided in the arena
- architectural access for persons with disabilities and removal of architectural barriers at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival
- new construction, wheelchair seating locations, companion seating, comparable line of sight, accessible routes
- new construction, alterations, wheelchair seating locations, companion seating, comparable line of sight, accessible route, assistive listening system, visual alarms
- reservation policies, barrier removal and provision of auxiliary aids
- reasonable modifications to policies, practices, and procedures, integrated settings and barrier removal
- new construction, alterations, and barrier removal under title III at Mills College in Oakland, California
- auxiliary aids and services, website accessibility, modifications of policies and procedures for ticketing, and seating for patrons who use wheelchairs and their companions in a sports arena