Van Accessible Spaces must provide an access aisle that is at least 8 feet wide next to the van parking space to permit a person using a wheelchair or scooter to exit or enter a van with a side-mounted lift.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
wheelchair accessible van parking
Wheelchair accessible van parking usually is somewhere between what ‘should be’ and the reality of what is.
According to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Handicap Accessible Parking Regulations:
That access space is always clearly marked with boldly striped markings on the ground.
Yet too often we will find another vehicle with a disability parking plate or placard squeezed into that loading space.
While not a problem for us, as I can always climb in and maneuver the van to deploy the ramp - however a wheelchair user / driver is screwed having no choice but to wait for the other driver to return and move their vehicle.
So I must give a blogosphere shout out to Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course! I was stunned to see such a completely sensitive, low tech, ingenious and effective solution to the problem when we visited Friday evening.
By simply drilling a couple holes in concrete and adding a plastic pole with reflectors they have made that adjacent loading space impossible for cars to park in yet leaving it completely functional for deploying a ramp or a lift.
It may be worth a pilgrimage just to see what is possible when a facility actually ‘tries’ to be accessible rather than ‘complies’. The ingenuity and simplicity leaves me in awe.
“don’t forget the cannoli!” …
Fugetabout a MS unfriendly forecast of hot and humid with showers. Instead we spent about 3 hours in a fun air conditioned environment with the freedom to choose to smoke or not smoke. Appealing physical therapy for Patti alternating right and left arms pulling slot machine handles. Watched horses race in the mud and people whoop and holler playing dice. Enjoyed some cannoli and lost a total of $2.50 playing slots. – What’s not to like when you can spend an evening out for under $10 anywhere anyhow?
Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer
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