ADA Compliance - What is it? How does Kendall Howard fit in?

on Monday, January 12, 2015 12:15:00 PM

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) is a bill that was signed into law to prevent employers, public, and commercial entities from discriminating against employees and people with disabilities. This law further strengthened the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include and help protect many more disabled Americans from discrimination. Furthermore, an amendment was signed into law in 2008 to cover an even larger group of disabled U.S. civilians. This was called the ADA Amendment Act, and it gave a broader range of disabled Americans protection under the law. The Americans with Disabilities Act was a big step forward in ensuring that all Americans are truly treated equally.

Education institutions, government offices, and private and public buildings across the U.S. are now being built, have been built or have gone through renovations to reflect the standards set forth in the American Disabilities Act. While the infrastructure itself is important and has specific requirements, the items and furniture inside are equally important. The furniture within a building must comply with particular guidelines set forth by the ADA. These guidelines range from having handicap stalls in all restrooms to the layout of the infamous waiting room.

We’ve all been there – waiting in that room, digging through old magazines just waiting for our name to be called. Well while you’re sitting there, instead of just watching the clock or flipping through a magazine that you don’t actually intend to read, take a look around. Check out your surroundings and see what has been done to ensure every man, woman, and child now has equal access to that space.

Now you might be asking yourself, “What does Kendall Howard have to do with ADA compliance?”

Allow us to explain. In 2012, Kendall Howard released the Advanced Classroom Training Tables (ACTT). These training tables are often found in learning environments and educational institutions. However, many non-educational facilities use training tables in their own learning, training, and office areas. Kendall Howard carefully designed each Advanced Classroom Training Table to comply with ADA standards, specifically to accommodate those in wheelchairs.

What makes the ACTT collection functional to ADA compliant customers is the height range (28” – 35”) and width range (36”, 48”, 60”, and 72”). These dimensions allow people in wheelchairs to comfortably sit at any of these tables. As an added feature, and to make this furniture line nicely blend in with your room’s décor, we offer the training tables in five stunning finishes (Folkstone, Caramel Apple, Hard Rock Maple, Serene Cherry, and African Mahogany).

The flexibility of the ACTT collection has helped make it one of our fastest growing products. Each training table is manufactured to our superior levels of quality and all parts are made here in the United States. American manufacturing allows us to complete orders faster and maintain our high standards.

Next time you find yourself in a waiting room, classroom or office, be sure to check out the layout and furniture and see what accommodations have been to comply with ADA standards. For more details about our collection of Advanced Classroom Training Tables, check us out online or contact our sales team! We’re here and ready to help!


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