“We felt compelled to share this fact sheet at this time because we want to be a resource for local businesses to ensure they not only comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) but also be a welcoming and inclusive environment,” says Mallory Crooks, public relations manager for The Ability Center. “We want local businesses to look at accessibility as a proactive approach and not reactive or complaint-driven.”
On June 4, The Ability Center and the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce teamed up to discuss the reopen fact sheet during a short informational webinar. Katherine Hunt Thomas, attorney-at-law and Sam Melden, director of strategic engagement for The Ability Center joined Jeff Schaaf, director of talent strategy for the Toledo Chamber, and walked attendees through ADA guidelines and the information provided in the fact sheet.
As the COVID-19 pandemic changes the way we live and conduct business, we must consider the needs of everyone entering local businesses. From using tactile social distancing tape on floors that can be felt with a white cane or the feet to providing masks to employees with a clear section over the mouth for customers who read lips, The Ability Center’s fact sheet can help you modify your business structure to enable the comfort of all patrons, especially during the pandemic.
“Every business is different and the process for accessibility compliance is different,” says Crooks. “Some organizations may require plan review, physical walkthrough or consultation. The Ability Center is here to act as a resource for information and help with technical assistance. We also have simple checklists that offer guidance on the ADA.”
Other Resources from The Ability Center and the ADA
- ADA Update: A Primer for Small Business
- ADA Guide for Small Businesses
- Ten Small Business Mistakes – Accessibility
- ADA Readily Achievable Requirements
- The ADA and Small Business – Quick Facts
- ADA Business Toolkit
- Global Accessibility Awareness Day Webinar from The Ability Center
- June 4 webinar: The Ability Center and the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
For more information, or for questions about how you can create a more welcoming and inclusive business environment for patrons and employees with disabilities, please contact The Ability Center at 419-885-5733 or at abilitycenter.org.