ADA dimensions Fall 2009

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  • 1. Americans with Disabilities Act
    • The space requirements in the ADA
    • Standards for Accessible Design are based upon maneuvering clearances for wheelchairs.
    ADA IT’S THE LAW
  • 2. Americans with Disabilities Act
    • The minimum clear width for single wheelchair passage shall be 32 in . at doorways and 36 in . continuously along the length of travel.
  • 3. Americans with Disabilities Act
    • The minimum width for two wheelchairs to pass is 60 in. Almost all wheelchair users and those who use walking aids can also manage within a 32 in. width for short distances. Thus, two streams of traffic can pass in 64 in. for a comfortable flow.
    • 60” minimum
    • 64” preferred
  • 4. Americans with Disabilities Act
    • Forty-eight inches is the minimum width needed for an ambulatory person to pass a nonambulatory or semi-ambulatory person. Within this 48 in width, the ambulatory person will have to twist to pass a wheelchair user, a person with a service animal, or a semi-ambulatory person. There will be little leeway for swaying or missteps.
  • 5. Americans with Disabilities Act
    • The minimum space required for a wheelchair to make a 180-degree turn is a clear space of 60 in. diameter .
  • 6. Americans with Disabilities Act
    • The guidelines specify a minimum space of 60 in diameter or a 60 in by 60 in T-shaped space for a pivoting 180-degree turn of a wheelchair. This space is usually satisfactory for turning around, but many people will not be able to turn without repeated tries and bumping into surrounding objects. The space shown in Fig. A2 will allow most wheelchair users to complete U-turns without difficulty.
  • 7. Americans with Disabilities Act
    • The minimum clear floor or ground space required to accommodate a single, stationary wheelchair and occupant is 30 in. by 48 in . The minimum clear floor or ground space for wheelchairs may be positioned for forward or parallel approach to an object. Clear floor or ground space for wheelchairs may be part of the knee space required under some objects.
  • 8. Americans with Disabilities Act
    • Clear floor space for a wheelchair shall adjoin or overlap an accessible route or adjoin another wheelchair clear floor space; therefore, a continuous path is available.
    • If a clear floor space is located in an alcove or otherwise confined on all or part of three sides, additional maneuvering clearances shall be provided as shown in Fig. 4(d) and (e).
  • 9. Americans with Disabilities Act
    • Doorways shall have a minimum clear opening of 32 in. With the door open 90 degrees, measured between the face of the door and the opposite stop (see Fig. 24(a), (b), (c), and (d)).
    • For openings more than 24 in. in depth, the width must be 36 in. min. or the same as a hallway.
  • 10. Americans with Disabilities Act
    • Minimum maneuvering clearances at doors that are not automatic or power-assisted shall be as shown in Fig. 25a, b & c. The floor or ground area within the required clearances shall be level and clear.
    Figure 25a
  • 11. Americans with Disabilities Act
    • The minimum space between two hinged or pivoted doors in series shall be 48 in. plus the width of any door swinging into the space. Doors in series shall swing either in the same direction or away from the space between the doors.
  • 12. Americans with Disabilities Act
    • The size and arrangement of the standard toilet stall shall comply with Fig. 30(a), Standard Stall. Standard toilet stalls with a minimum depth of 56 in. shall have wall-mounted water closets. If the depth of a standard toilet stall is increased at least 3 in., then a floor-mounted water closet may be used. Arrangements shown for standard toilet stalls may be reversed to allow either a left- or right-hand approach.
    • A standard non-handicapped stall is 32”-36” wide by 56” long.
  • 13. Americans with Disabilities Act
    • Lavatories shall be mounted with the rim or counter surface no higher than 34 in. above the finish floor. Provide a clearance of at least 29 in. above the finish floor to the bottom of the apron. Knee and toe clearance shall comply with Fig. 31.
    • A clear floor space 30 in. by 48 in. complying shall be provided in front of a lavatory to allow forward approach. Such clear floor space shall adjoin or overlap an accessible route and shall extend a maximum of 19 in. underneath the lavatory.
    • Hot water and drain pipes under lavatories shall be insulated or otherwise configured to protect against contact. There shall be no sharp or abrasive surfaces under lavatories.
  • 14. Americans with Disabilities Act
    • If the clear floor space only allows forward approach to an object, the maximum high forward reach allowed shall be 48 in. The minimum low forward reach is 15 in.
  • 15. Americans with Disabilities Act
    • The least possible slope shall be used for any ramp. The maximum slope of a ramp in new construction shall be 1:12. The maximum rise for any run shall be 30 in.