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NCJ Number: 140563 Find in a Library
Title: Is Accessibility a Disability? The Impact of ADA on Corrections
Journal: Detention Reporter  Issue:109  Dated:(November 1992)  Pages:3-10
Author(s): R Atlas
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 8
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act requires that the activities and services of public entities, including prisons and jails, be readily accessible and usable by individuals with disabilities.
Abstract: Title II focuses on providing accessibility to programs, not buildings, and therefore does not require public entities to remove barriers from each facility. Structural changes are not required if accessibility can be achieved by other means. Design issues that should be addressed in correctional facilities include doors, door closers, toilet and lavatory fixtures, cell desks and dayroom tables, elevator controls, door thresholds, telephones, and signs. Facility areas affected in specific ways include the central control room, security vestibules, housing areas, medical areas, visiting areas, indoor and outdoor exercise areas, food service areas, laundry facilities, administrative and public reception areas, and staff areas.
Main Term(s): Correctional Facility interior design; Persons with Disabilities
Index Term(s): Architectural design; Correctional facility renovation; Federal Code; Human factors engineering
Note: Special Focus on: Americans With Disabilities Act: Impact on Corrections (Part 2 of 2)
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