Americans with Disabilities Act

Everyone who needs any kind of assistance in order to move through space needs to know about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  There may be times in your life when you will want to invoke the ADA—sometimes loudly, sometimes with hand gestures.  Even if that time never comes, it’s good to know your rights.

Here is the link to the ADA.

Here is another link that you may find useful.

You can spend a day scrolling around on these sites, and if you keep digging deeper, you can learn many interesting things, such as:

  • M/hotels that have 51 rooms or more are required to have roll-in showers.  That means, the bigger the complex, the easier it is to find ADA rooms that we can actually use.
  • If a m/hotel has 25 beds or more, 5% of the beds must have big enough floor space to accommodate wheelchairs.
  • All bathrooms built for public use must include one wheelchair-compliant stall, and bigger bathrooms must also include an “ambulatory accessible compartment” for every six stalls.
  • There must be at least one handicapped parking space for every 25 spaces in a parking area.
  • Employers cannot discriminate against us on the basis of our disabilities if we are qualified to do the job.
  • We are entitled to access to amusement rides!

Also, we have our own Northwest ADA Center, part of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) and the ADA National Network.   You can find them at:

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