What are readily achievable barrier removal programs? At Protrk, what this means to us is taking the opportunity as a business and/or building owner to be proactive in developing your own Readily Achievable Barrier Removal Program (RABRP) that meets the federal requirements, with a reasonable position of budget and time to be compliant.ADA Regulations and Existing Facilities
The ADA law has a specific section that applies to existing facilities. It states that architectural barriers be removed in existing facilities when it is readily achievable. There are various different examples listed of achievable steps that could be taken in order to remove barriers without too much difficulty or expense. A few of those examples include:
- Adding curb cuts to sidewalks and entrances
- Rearranging furniture to create accessibility
- Widening doors or other entrances
- Removing high pile, low-density carpeting
- Changing to accessible door hardware
- Repositioning toilet partitions to allow space to maneuver
The regulations also highlights the four key priorities that must be considered when creating a readily achievable barrier removal program. These include the following:
- Creating access to places of public accommodation from public sidewalks, parking facilities or public transport. This might include installing an entrance ramp, widening an entrance, or creating accessible parking bays.
- Making goods and services accessible. This can be achieved by changing how displays are laid out, moving tables, or by installing Braille or Raised Character signage.
- Ensuring public restrooms are accessible to all.
- Taking any other measures necessary to make public accommodations accessible.
We are here for you every step of the way to help you create your RABRP.
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