Higher education campuses are as varied as their academic areas of expertise — law and medical schools, military schools, city colleges and world-leading universities — but they all share a common need to provide for the accessibility, safety and security of students, staff and visitors at all times.
The ADA requires U.S. colleges that receive federal funds to provide the accommodations students need to live and learn on campus. Some 11 percent of undergrads report disabilities, and an unknown number never declare them. College campus buildings are required to be easily accessible for those with physical disabilities, including impaired mobility, loss of vision or hearing. But not all have embraced the latest ADA Amendments Act of 2008. The ADA Act made it clear that the law protects people with all kinds of disabilities— including the majority of disabilities that are not visible.
The ADA defines an “accessible” opening as, among other things, comprising:
- a door with a minimum 32˝ (813 mm)
- clear opening
- easily manipulated handles
- a maximum OPENING FORCE similar to American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standard A117.1
- a minimum closing time
- the capability of opening to at least 90°
Complete details of the ADA standards can be found in our Opening Solutions for Compliance in Higher Education Facilities brochure.
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