Get a Grip On Grab Bars for Water Closets

Grab bars enable an individual to maintain balance, reduce fatigue while standing, rising, or maneuvering, or in some cases grabbing onto in case of a slip or fall. Caregivers can also use a grab bar to assist with patient transfer. The words “grab bar” are used multiple times in the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible […]

Opening Doors

Restroom doors provide us with ease of ingress and egress in public as well as private places. For users with limited mobility, narrow entrance and toilet compartment doors can be both challenging and a hindrance. Entrance Doors The word “Doors” is used 158 times in the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.  Readers are led […]

Get A Handle On It!

In the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design readers are led to section 404.2.6 Doors In Series and Gates in Series and 404.2.7 Door and Gate Hardware. Handles, pulls, latches, locks, and other operable parts on doors and gates shall comply with 309.4. Operable parts of such hardware shall be 34” minimum and 48” maximum […]

Integrating Hand Dryers into ADA Restrooms

Hand drying is part of every restroom. While designing your ADA restroom, there are basically three options on how to handle hand drying: paper towels, warm-air dryer or jet dryer (or a mix of each). If you are including hand dyers in your ADA restroom, the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design does not specifically […]

Drying Hands Matter: The Paper Towel Dispenser

Hand drying in a public restroom is a necessity. If you are including paper towels in your ADA restroom, the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design offers advisory guidelines in Advisory 606.1 General. They must be located within the reach ranges specified in 308: 308.1 Unobstructed or 308.3.2 Obstructed High Reach, depending on where it […]

It’s in the Details: In-Stall Dispensers

It is important to consider the smaller details. The placement of in-stall dispensers is a small detail, but an essential part in adhering properly to ADA restroom guidelines. When it comes to in-stall toilet paper dispensers, they are mentioned in section 604.9.6 and 309.4 Dispensers of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design. They are […]

Follow the Signs

Signs communicate important messages in a way that’s visual, immediate, and precisely targeted. They have become common knowledge and a necessary communication tool on the road and in public spaces. While signs are just one of the many building features that need to be ADA-compliant, it is still necessary to communicate the message effectively. Yet, […]

The Toilet: Taking Care of Business

Providing accessible and safe navigation for toilets is an essential component of meeting the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) 2010 Standards for Accessible Design. ADA guidelines specify that clearance around the toilet must be maintained for easy navigation, as well as requirements for seats, grab bars and flush controls. In order to maintain ADA compliance, […]

Everything and the Bathroom Sink

Sinks and lavatories can present special challenges when designing ADA restrooms. In many cases, sinks are difficult to navigate and reach for people with limited mobility. Builders and designers must consider how the sink height and depth contributes to easy navigation, the amount of floor space around the sink, the accessibility of paper towels and […]