FREE ADA ACCESS ADVICE
Article By Catherine M. Corfee, Esq. (ADA Attorney for Businesses)
Yes attorneys want to make money off you giving advice. It’s their livelihood and not necessarily wrong. However, in any economy, self-study of the access codes will benefit you even more. In my practice, I feel it is only fair that we attorneys inform you about how to obtain free advice from the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), ADA division. After all, it is your taxpayer’s dollar at work.
The DOJ has a toll-free ADA Information Line to provide information and publications regarding the access requirements of the ADA. If you are a commercial business, not public entity, you want Title III of the ADAAG. You can order publications by mail, and it is 24/7. However, to speak with an ADA specialists to understand how a code applies, they are open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and on Thursday from 12:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. (Eastern Time). Foreign language service is also available. To get answers to technical questions, obtain general ADA information, order free ADA materials call:
800-514-0301 FREE (voice)
800-514-0383 FREE (TTY)
Their web page also has the codes for you to have and provide to any vendors making ADA changes: https://www.access-board.gov/guidelines-and-standards/buildings-and-sites/about-the-ada-standards/ada-standards/doj-s-2010-ada-standards.
Our law firm provides ADA access site surveys with confidential reports under the attorney-client confidentiality privilege. Nevertheless, we like our clients to know how to do their own homework if they so choose.
Catherine M. Corfee, Esq.
Corfee Stone & Assoc.
P.O. Box 1098
Carmichael, CA 95608 (Sacramento)