The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is aimed at preventing discrimination against people with mental or physical disabilities, and the AV industry plays a key role in compliance.
This 24-page guide provides awareness and insight from ADA officials and AV consultants on some of the most common compliance challenges tied to AV in higher education environments.
The proliferation of technology in education means that AV professionals are in a unique position to help level the playing field for people with disabilities – such as with assistive listening systems. However, if not executed in a compliant manner, some technology additions have the potential for creating more barriers. For example, a lectern where the AV controls are not accessible to people in wheelchairs, or a display that sticks out too far from the wall and becomes a protruding object hazard for those with sight disabilities.
We’ve simplified the sections of ADA most relevant to AV, providing guidance for terms and regulations like Path of Travel, Wheelchair Turning Space, Knee and Toe Clearance, and Operable Parts. If you’ve ever wondered what an ADA Reach Range is, or aren’t sure what qualifies as a Protruding Object, download and read on.