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On July 26, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law. The Civil Rights Law was designed to prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities. Every year since it passed, more people with disabilities have joined the workforce. Making sure your business is accessible to all improves your image and increases revenue. Also, making your business accessible for disabled employees can give you a more robust workforce. Here are a few ways to ensure your business is accessible for all. 

Storing Items

Do not store items too high or too low where it would be inconvenient for anyone in a wheelchair to reach. 

Accessible Entrances and Bathrooms

If the main entrance of your business is not wheelchair accessible, consider investing in a commercial wheelchair ramp. Next Day Access offers many choices. You could also put the ramp on a side entrance if that is better suited for your business. We can help determine where a ramp would look best at Next Day Access. 

Ensure your bathrooms are accessible by installing grab bars. At Next Day Access, we have grab bars that are both stylish and functional. The space under the sink should also be clear so anyone in a wheelchair can reach the faucets comfortably. 

Consider Handrails

If you have long hallways in your business, consider installing handrails down the length of the halls. You could also install handrails anywhere with steps where a ramp is unavailable. We also offer stylish, classy, modern handrails at Next Day Access. 

Proper Spacing

Make sure you have plenty of space between tables, counters, or desks. You should also make sure that tables and desks provide space underneath the top that is 30 inches, 17 inches deep, 27 inches high, with a top between 28 inches and 34 inches from the ground.  

Appropriate Language

Choose the appropriate language for signage. The word Handicap is considered offensive to many. Instead, use the word accessible. For example, a sign should read, “Accessible parking this way.” 

Take Aways

These are just a few helpful tips. It is mandatory to ensure your business is ADA compliant, but these extra steps are significant for people with disabilities. At Next Day Access, we have several products to make your business as accessible as possible. We can advise on the perfect products and help you determine where to install any mobility equipment or accessibility devices. We also have a top-notch installation team providing knowledge and efficiency at every job site. 

According to a recent national poll by the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center, older adults and people with disabilities feel there is still a lack of accessible and reliable transportation alternatives. This prevents them from doing what they need to and leaves them feeling without independence, isolated, frustrated and trapped.

More than one in 5 Americans ages 65 and older do not drive, and the demand for transportation is rapidly growing as the boomer population grows. To help meet needs, the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) launched an “Every Ride Counts” campaign. Through the campaign, the NADTC hopes this national effort will increase awareness of local transportation options for people with disabilities and aging adults throughout the United States. 

A stunning 80 percent of young people with disabilities surveyed shared they are often prevented from doing the things they would like to do due to lack of transportation. This difference in lifestyle from their peers is one of the leading causes of isolation which leads to depression. Yet, it isn’t only about where they want to go. Many express the need to make it to doctor’s or other essential appointments and cannot due to transportation issues.  

According to Carol Wright Kenderdine, co-director, NADTC and assistant Vice President of transportation & mobility for Easterseals, “To address this need, particularly in small communities, NADTC recently funded ten community grants to support planning for alternatives, such as volunteer transportation, rideshare options and expanding transit.” Many hospitals do offer appointment pick-up. You simply need to schedule it when you schedule your appointment. Not all doctors and hospitals, however, can provide pick-up to rural areas. 

Thankfully, they say, “we are living in the future,” and apps like Uber are becoming more disability-friendly. Hopefully, we will see more companies like them in the future. If NADTC and companies such as these can combine their efforts, we can lessen the transportation issues people with disabilities and aging adults face.

At Next Day Access, the needs of our customers are important to us. We also support the valiant efforts of NADTC. We offer several products to help people feel safe and comfortable at home and on the go. If you struggle to get around because you lack a vehicle lift on your car, please let us help. Our vehicle lifts are designed to help people move in and out of all vehicles and are easy to use. We urge any drivers for ride-share programs looking into making their vehicle more disability-friendly to contact us today. We can help you install a vehicle lift on your car quickly and efficiently. 

If a long winter of snow, ice and shivering has you dreaming of a spring getaway to warmer weather, you are not alone. Although sandy beaches offer the sunshine and warmer temperatures you’ve been dreaming of, the sandy terrain might seem like a roadblock between your mobility device and the sun soaked days of your dreams. Next Day Access strives to help you find quality, accessible options to improve your life each day, and we suggest the following warm-weather tips to get the most out of your beachside getaway:

 

  •         Research readily accessible beach options: Beachside tourist spots are revamping to accommodate those who utilize mobility devices. Be on the lookout for beach areas that feature wooden or paved walking paths around the perimeter and boardwalks that extend into the sand from nearby handicap parking areas. Consider also the location of restrooms and changing houses to ensure an enjoyable outing.

 

  •         Beach exploring wheelchairs: Sand, gravel, and dirt paths create a hassle when navigating your usual wheelchair around the beach and other unpaved areas. With oversized all terrain tires and breathable mesh seating, beach wheelchairs are designed to help you tackle the different paths with ease. Be sure to check with your beach’s lifeguard station or your hotel’s concierge to see if they have a few for paid or free rental, or ask around at beachside storefronts.

 

  •         Bring planks or tarps: If a beach wheelchair isn’t readily available, pack a few durable tarps or wood planks for your excursion. When you lay them out, the barrier between sand and wheels creates a runway to get you from your parking spot to your chosen sandy spot with ease. Bringing multiple planks or tarps allows you to station your chair on one surface while the other is placed in front of you, creating a rotation for an adjustable path.

 

  •         Wear a floatation device: When it’s time to cool off in the waves, your friend, family or caregiver can give you a hand guiding you from sitting in your chair to sitting in shallow waters. Wearing some sort of flotation belt unobtrusively offers back support while you sit and also offers a safety aspect in the event of tipping for those with weak muscle control.

 

  •         Take advantage of vacation shopping: Escaping the scorching midday sun by checking out nearby shops is part of a successful day at the beach. Visit delicious restaurants outside of peak meal hours to avoid the throngs of tourists, and look for restaurants that have sidewalks and outdoor or patio seating options to enjoy the breeze.

 

Travelling can be stressful when you have mobility devices to think about. However, transporting your mobility chair doesn’t need to be a hassle. Our line of portable wheelchair ramps give you the portable, lightweight solutions you need to get from the parking lot to the beach in no time. Questions? Let us know!

 

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