In September of 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice published a comprehensive set of standards on designing buildings to facilitate their use by the handicapped. The regulations were titled “2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.” The anacronym referred to the “Americans with Disabilities Act,” previously passed in 1990. The publication clarified what was being requested from designers by the earlier legislation. It included 275 pages of suggestions, including some graphic illustrations showing how to meet requested design goals.
We will look at those ADA standards and illustrations, and summarize as best as possible how to meet their intent.