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The Wildwood Senior Living Provides for Disability Independence

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July 26th is National Disability Independence Day, which commemorates the signing of The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which happened on July 26, 1990. The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in several areas, including employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications, and access to state and local government programs and services.

 

ADA compliance means the appropriate and reasonable accommodations are in place for disabled persons. This includes things like large print, interpreters, wheelchair ramps, and allowing service animals.

 

Statistically, there are over 54 million Americans with a form of disability. When that number is broken down, that’s about 19 percent, or one in every five, Americans. As the population grows and ages, this number will only increase, making these regulations increasingly more important.

 


 

As the Plant Operations Director at The Wildwood Senior Living, an ADA-compliant community that serves several individuals with disabilities, I work every day to keep our building accessible and safe.

 

The ADA has made it possible for people with disabilities to enjoy equal physical opportunities to all public and many private spaces in our community.

 

Some of the things we do to be compliant with the American with Disabilities Act includes having wheelchair ramps for easy access to our building and a pool chair lift, which allows our residents to participate in our pool activities. We also have apartments that allow residents to access the stove and the sinks while seated in their wheelchairs. Grab bars are strategically placed by the showers and toilets as well.

 

Our weekly tasks that take ADA compliance into consideration are checking the push buttons on the entrance doors and the call light systems, to ensure that residents are answered in a timely manner.

 

My daughters were in a car wreck 12 years ago, so I installed a ramp at my house to allow access for their wheelchairs. I also widened the door frames throughout the house to allow better passage.

 

Our goal in everything we do is to continue providing the best possible accessibility opportunities to everyone within our community.