July 29, 2022
July 26th is National Disability Independence Day, which commemorates the signing of The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which happened on July 26, 1990. The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in several areas, including employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications, and access to state and local government programs and services.
ADA compliance means the appropriate and reasonable accommodations are in place for disabled persons. This includes things like large print, interpreters, wheelchair ramps, and allowing service animals.
Statistically, there are over 54 million Americans with a form of disability. When that number is broken down, that’s about 19 percent, or one in every five, Americans. As the population grows and ages, this number will only increase, making these regulations increasingly more important.
As the Managing Director of Asset Management at Arrow Senior Living, an ADA compliant company that serves many individuals with disabilities, I work every day to keep our building accessible and safe.
Since the ADA, we have seen an increase in regulations that help us serve a population that, prior to the law, was not regularly recognized. This law heavily affects the older population we serve and allows us to provide them a greater service .
Some of the things we do to be compliant with the American with Disabilities Act is provide a wheelchair ramp in our office that leads to our General Counsel’s office. Our weekly tasks that take ADA compliance into consideration include elevator inspections. The elevator provides an easy way to move between floors without using steps. Also, we check to ensure that doorways and halls are kept clear.
At home, my wife and I use closed captions on our television. We have also installed taller toilets, so it makes it easier to get up and down, for the family when they visit.
Our goal in everything we do is to continue providing the best possible accessibility opportunities to everyone within our community.
Saint Charles, Missouri-based Arrow Senior Living manages a collection of communities that offer varying levels of care including independent living, assisted living, and memory care. Each and every senior living community supports residents by focusing on dignity, respect, and quality of life. The programs and amenities offered are selected to provide only the highest standard of quality and comfort.
December 2, 2022
Just as it is at home, at Arrow Senior Living, preparing for winter can be an arduous task. There are several projects that need to be completed in preparation for cold weather and few of them are easy, especially when Jack Frost decides to come a little early, like this year. Our homes and businesses […]
November 4, 2022
It was November 1975 when the American Diabetes Association (ADA) first declared November National Diabetes Awareness Month. While diabetes is a common condition among Americans, there are still many Americans that are unaware of what diabetes is, who is at risk, and what chronic conditions can result from the disease. For example, most Americans with […]