ADA & Small Business Compliance

“You will find barriers in any property.For some buildings it’s almost impossible to be 100 percent compliant, for example, because of sloping sites. But you can reduce the risk, make it more accessible and lower the incidence of claims. Even a new facility may not meet all the standards, which include requirements that a door take longer than 3 seconds to close and rules about the proper height of a paper towel dispenser. Each violation of those rules could result in a $1,000 penalty, plus attorney’s fees.” Steve Schraibman AIA, CASp, CPCE

ADA Compliant Mistakes Made by Small Businesses

Extract from Union Tribune Interview with ARCOR-INC.:


Threat of lawsuits, concern for customers drive efforts to upgrade facilities

By Tanya Mannes    3 P.M.APRIL 18, 2011
Steve Schraibman, a Certified Access Specialist, checks on building compliance with disabled access laws at the office of Bon Suisse in Poway. Failure to comply can lead to costly lawsuits. Here, he inspects the women’s bathroom, accompanied by company co-owner Elena Kassner. — John Gastaldo

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U.S. Department of Justice’s Recent Guidelines

The U.S. Department of Justice’s most recent guidelines for small businesses were published in March. Titled “ADA Update: A Primer for Small Business,” the 16-page illustrated guide can be viewed at

Halting Law Suits

A 2008 state law empowered certain qualified professionals to become “Certified Access Specialists,” or CASp, who, for a fee, will inspect a business, suggest upgrades and provide an inspection report and certificate that is displayed like a business license. That shows a business owner’s “good faith” effort, and can temporarily halt a lawsuit for 90 days.The law “gives business owners rights that they have not had up to now — but only if they initiate the process of becoming certified,” Schraibman said.

ADA Compliant Businesses, ADA Planning and Tax Incentives