DVC group is a valuable resource for disabled accessibility consulting and design services. Whether embarking on a disability access retrofit or incorporating the requirements as part of your new project, DVC group can recommend and design a range of common sense, cost-effective and creative steps necessary to bring your property or project into regulatory compliance.
DVC group has more than 12 years of technical experience and can provide field investigations of your existing property, a review of accessibility features in your design and construction documents or can simply provide the design necessary for compliance.
DVC group specializes in providing a range of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and California Disabled Accessibility consulting services to business, education, government and other public or privately owned entities. These services concentrate on providing access to individuals with disabilities as well as assisting these organizations in their efforts to comply with the ADA and other relevant Federal, State or local disability-related anti discrimination laws.
DVC group encourages property owners, property managers, developers and builders to review their properties and/or projects for (at a minimum) the following and understand that you can be held legally responsible if:
- You don’t have a ramp into your business.
- The ramp you do have has a slope greater than 5 degrees and no railing.
- The hand railings on your ramps or staircase are not continuous.
The landing at the top of the ramp is not big enough for a person in a wheel chair or walker to navigate and open the door.
- One of your thresholds is more than 1/4-inch high (1/2-inch if beveled).
- You do not have a Disabled Access sign on the outside of your business.
- You do not have a Disabled Parking sign outside your business.
- You do not have a No Parking in Disabled Spaces Without a Permit sign.
- The sign must explain how to find their car when it is towed. The name, address, and phone number of the towing company must be shown in 1-inch high letters.
- It must state the appropriate code for towing - CVC 22511.8(d).
- Some attorneys insist that the sign be printed in black and white, not blue and white.
- Your sign uses the word “Handicapped” instead of “Disabled”.
- Your only visitor parking space is not a “Van Accessible” space that is 9-foot x 18-foot with a slope of no more than 2% in any direction and an 8-foot x 18-foot access aisle alongside to accommodate vans with a wheelchair lift.
- You don’t have a separate Van Accessible sign for your Van Accessible parking space.
- The access aisles next to your disabled parking space are lined in blue, but they don't have NO PARKING painted in large white letters in the access aisle.
- The disability logo painted in your parking space is not 36-inches x 36-inches, or it doesn’t have a white stripe around it so it can be seen at night.
- The handicapped logo is not near the end of the space, where it can be seen when a car is parked over it.
- You don’t have a demarcated (blue-striped) path of travel guiding disabled persons to the correct entrance.
- You have re-paved your parking lot, and didn’t get the re-striping done quickly enough.
- Your ramp into the building intrudes into the disabled parking space or access aisle.
- There is no smooth pathway from the parking area to the entrance of the building.
If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact the DVC group.