The Americans with Disabilities Act is a federal law established in 1990 designed to provide equal access for all citizens.
All buildings, built after January 26, 1992 that are open to the public, must provide equal access for people with disabilities. This means that all visitors and occupants must be able to safely enter and exit the building, and must be able to move throughout the building without difficulty.
Some Key ADA Specifications regarding Doors:
- ADA-compliant doors must be at least 32 inches wide in order to accommodate wheelchairs.
- The maximum allowed force necessary to open a door is 5 pounds.
- Automatic door operators must be low-energy models, must take at least three seconds to open and can’t require more than 15 pounds of force to stop door movement.
For more information on the ADA and compliance, visit www.ada.gov.