Make Accessible Parking Count
Visitors with disabilities arriving in cars or vans want to proceed from parking space to science center door without hassle. Is that possible at your museum? Have you checked?
The ADA is specific about the location of accessible parking spaces
for cars and vans with appropriate license plates or placards,
requiring a minimum number and size, aisle space and clearance, and
signage in connection to an accessible route. Additionally, you are
required to put your accessible parking spaces closest to the
accessible building entrance. It is strongly recommended that you enforce policies that ensure that these spaces are used only by patrons who need them. (See ADA Standard 4.6)
Size Spaces for cars must be 8 feet wide plus a 5-foot access aisle. Spaces for lift-equipped vans must be 8 feet wide with minimum of 8-foot wide aisles, and have 98 inches of vertical clearance. Parking Diagram
Location Accessible parking spaces must be located on the shortest accessible route of travel to an accessible entrance and on level ground.
Accessible Route An accessible route must always be provided from accessible parking to the accessible entrance. It must be at least 3-feet wide with no curbs or stairs and have a firm, stable, slip-resistant surface. Its slope should not be greater than 1:12 in the direction of travel.
Signage Accessible spaces must be marked with the International Symbol of Accessiblility with spaces for vans marked "Van Accessible."
Enforcement Policy An enforcement procedure should be
in place to ensure that accessible parking is used only by those
who need them. Example
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