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ADA resources available to businesses

By From page A3 | March 14, 2012

The El Dorado County Office of Economic Development advises businesses to become educated about resources to help ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal civil rights law that requires accessibility for people with disabilities in private businesses that provide goods and services to the public. The ADA applies to everyone who owns, operates, or leases a business that serves the public.

“The requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act can seem almost overwhelming at first,” said Kathy Matranga-Cooper from the Office of Economic Development. “The U.S. Department of Justice ADA website is a good place to start.”

Key business resources on ada.gov include:

• The ADA Guide for Small Businesses
• The ADA Checklist for Readily Available Barrier Removal
• Tax incentives available for ADA modifications

The ADA does include protections for business owners who make a plan to solve their ADA issues over time. A plan must identify reasonable modifications to accommodate persons with disabilities. In addition a plan must have a schedule demonstrating intent to complete the modifications.

The Office of Economic Development also advises that businesses obtain the advice of an expert in the preparation of the plan. A list of Certified Access Specialists in California is available at: apps.dgs.ca.gov/casp/casp_certified_list.aspx.

“ADA is the law and the first step toward protecting your business as well as your customers is to get accurate information,” said Matranga-Cooper.

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