Community Gardeners and the ADA ACT - Links & a Suggestion onHelp
- Subject: [cg] Community Gardeners and the ADA ACT - Links & a Suggestion onHelp
- From: Adam36055@aol.com
- Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2006 12:21:47 EST
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law by President
George Bush on July 26, 1990. This Act provides sweeping civil rights
protection for people with disabilities. The prototypes for the ADA are the Civil
Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination base on race, color, gender,
religion and national origin in employment, public accommodations and
provision of state and local government services, and Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibits federal fund recipients from discrimination
based on disability.
Here are some ADA links, so folks researching this issue by topic in the
future in the ACGA listserv archives will be able to access them quickly
1) USDOJ ADA page: _http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/adahom1.htm_
2) The Disabled American Veterans page: _http://www.dav.org/_
If you're constructing a public facility in the USA, and a community garden
by definition is a public facility,then compliance with the American With
Disabilities Act ("ADA:) is integral to the planning of the facility as raised
beds, a good water source and a secure tool shed. ADA compliance is not an
"add-on." ADA has to be part of basic design now, because legally mandated
retrofits to comply with the are awfully expensive.
Dorene Paselkoff and William Hohauser's advice is spot-on. The board of
your program screwed up when they did not consider ADA rules and zoning
something to be included in the basic design of the governing homeless facility from
Adam's two cents: You will need a ramp if you're going to have a garden.
The contractor's bid for the ramp is reasonable, but beyond what your board is
willing to pay. They would be willing, if I'm not mistaken, to cancel the
rehabilitative community garden in order to go forward, viewing it as a frill.
Some folks to reach out to:
All states have a local ADA site - here's NC's:All states have a local ADA
compliance offices - here is NC's
1) If the homeless in your area are anything like the homeless in other
parts of the country, many of them are Veterans. If you have a sizable number
of vets in your proposed client population, I'd reach out to the local NC
Disabled American Veterans group: _http://www.davnc.org/_
(http://www.davnc.org/) , and your local VFW to see if they would like to help out disabled,
homeless vets in this fashion - _http://www.manilasites.com/vfwnc/_
2) I'd reach out to your local state university law school to find a good
ADA qualified attorney willing to review your situation and give you advice on
a pro-bono basis. The phrase, "homeless veterans," might open doors.
3) I'd reach out to your local state university's architectural dept to get
someone to design your ADA ramp on a pro-bono basis, as a project. Perhaps
even have the ramp constructed by students as part of their schooling.
With good plans, donated and/or discounted labor and materials, you have a
chance of passing building code inspection and getting your garden Good
Hell's Kitchen, NYC
Here is the US Dept of Justice Americans With Disabilities Act web page.
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