As snow starts to be a constant in our lives, it is important for towns and businesses to take necessary steps for access.
Snow accumulation on sidewalks, curb ramps, parking spots, and parking lots can mean the difference between getting groceries and medication, going to work, going to the bus stop or being stuck inside. Snow removal is vital to the life and independence of people with disabilities. Setting internal standards and procedures for snow removal are key. If you use a snow removal company, talk to them about where the snow CANNOT go. Doing these simple steps can ensure your business is in compliance with the law and taking steps to be a local disability-friendly establishment.
Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act requires any covered business to maintain accessible features including accessible parking spaces and the accessible route from the parking space to the main entrance, which means access aisles, curb cuts, and sidewalks. A business must also maintain an accessible route from a bus stop to its entrance.