Helpful Links and Whitepapers

Listed below are a wide range of useful links that our staff uses on a day-to-day basis. Some of the links are to federal agencies or projects, such as the ADA Centers, supported by federal funding. Others are private organizations that we find particularly useful, however, the accessibility of their website is out of our control.








All white papers produced by Meeting the Challenge contain our professional opinions concerning best practices in applying disability laws and standards. These materials are intended as technical assistance and do not constitute a legal finding.

Signage Requirements (05/21/14) – PDF: The 2010 ADA Standards contain requirements for all built environment elements. This whitepaper brings together all the signage requirements.

Employment Rights (08/24/16) – PDF: The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) makes it unlawful to discriminate in employment against a qualified individual with a disability.

Play Area Surfaces (05/27/14) – PDF: Play area surfaces must be both accessible and safe. This presents a variety of challenges when selecting materials for use in constructing play areas.

Stairway Accessibility (05/02/14) – PDF: Not all stairways are created equal when it comes to accessibility. This white paper presents the accessibility requirements for stairways under various circumstances.

Assembly Area Requirements (05/21/14) – PDF: This white paper collects all the requirements for assembly areas from the ADA Standards as well as the IBC and ANSI A117.1.

Train Platform Edges (05/27/14) – PDF: The 2010 ADA Standards, as well as 2003 ANSI A117.1, require that train platforms have detectable warnings along the length of the platform at the platform edge.

We’ve been in this industry a while, so we’ve seen some things…

Nevermind the oak seat, the foot rests are a nice touch...

The sign on the door says "Accessible restroom down the hall"...

Mitigation Difficulty...high?

What mitigation difficulty? We are good to go...

Wouldn't reversing the door swing make it more accessible?

No issues with toe (or knee) clearance here...

Well, the hardware is accessible...

Not really the ADA's definition of a parallel approach...

Thankfully, the flush control is on the wide side...can you spare a square?

A good example of why men should never leave the seat up...

Shouldn't one of these urinals be lower than the other?