Access Control ADA and Disability Laws Tutorial

By Brian Rhodes, Published Feb 17, 2020, 10:01am EST

Safe access control is paramount, especially for those with disabilities.

Most countries have codes to mandate safe building access for those who may have difficulty with 'traditional' building design. In the US, the "Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)" are these codes, while similar requirements are found in Canada's Bill C-81 and the UK's 2010 Equality Act.

In this note, we examine the most common ways disability and accessibility codes impact access control design.

Key Access Control Requirements

The top 3 ways accessibility codes impact access control design are:

  1. Door Hardware Must Be Compliant
  2. Turnstiles Must Include Gates
  3. Accessible Reader Height/Door Controls

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********* **** ********** ****** is ******, ** ****** because ** ***** ************ impacts ******** ** *** to *** *** ** previously ************* ********** ******.

International ************* *****

***** *** ** ** legislation, ** ** **** as * ********* ***************. Many ********* **** ***** own *****, *** *** scope *** **** *********** are ********* ***** ***.

*** * ********* ** individual ******* ***********,*** *** **'* **** by ****** *******.***** *** *** ********* enforce *** ********** ** laws **** *** **, many **** ******* ************* codes ** '**** *********' and **** ****** ** followed ***** ********.

** ****** *****, *** United ******* *** ******** ADA *** ******* ******** international ************* ********** **** have **** ******** ** principally ******** ** ******* countries:

Canada *** ** *****

** *******, *** ************ of ****** *** *** United ******* ********* ***** the ***, (******** *** ADA ***** ** **** explicit). ********** ** ******, local ***********/********* ************* *** enforce **** ****** *****, like*********'* ******** *** ** Private *****.

*** ****** *** *** United *******, *** ********** basis *** ******** *** accessibility ***** ***:

US ******* *** ******, **********, *** *** *********** *********

*** ********* **** ************ Act *** ****** **** US *** ** **** and **** *************** ** ****.

** ******* *****,** *** **** *********** ******** ********** *** subsystem ******, ******** **** anyone **** * '**********' - **********, *********, *******, or "*** ******** ** ****** impairment **** ************* ****** a ***** **** ********" *** ***** ****** to, ******, *** **** a ********** ** ****** building.

*** **** *** ***** to ******* *********, '************ significant' **********, ** ***** specifically ******** *********.

*** **** ** ***** to '*** ************' ****. In ****, *** **** dramatic ****** ** *** is *** ************* ** existing *********. *** *** spells *** **** ****** here:

** ***** *****, ******** buildings *** ***** ******* to ****** ** * 'non-compliant' ***** ***** ****** or ************ ***** *** update. ** **** **********, adding ** ********* ****** control ******* ******* ** a '***********', *** ** the **** ** ********** must ** ***** ** a ******.

Door ***** *** **** ******* *** *** *******

*** ******, *** *********** costly ****** ** *** prohibition ** ******* ***** on **** ******** ****. The **** ******* ********** knobs ** ***** ** right:

************, *** *** ********** that **** ************'*****-*****' *******, ***** ******** the ***** ******** *** latch.

**** *** ****** ** options *********, ** ** possible ** ******* ******* types:

********** **** '*****-*****' ****** control *****, ****** ********* to *** **** ****** specification ***** ****** **** than * ******** ********.

******** *** ********* *** access ********** **** ******* with ***** ** **** handles/exit ******* ** ******** to ** *********:

Turnstiles **** **** *****

********, **** ** ***** to ********** ** ********* doors, ** ******** **** or ****** **** **** be ********* **** ******* those ** *********** ******* through *** *******:

** **** *****, *** gate ** * ******** entry/egress **** **** *** turnstile, *** *** ******** required ******* ***** ** more **** ******:

* ****** ******* **** 'ADA *****' ** **** they ****** ****** '******* opening' ** ** **** by *** ********* *** become ************* ************* ** '*******'** * ********.

*** **** ******, **** access ************ ******* ****** ************* ***** ** *********** so **** **** **** are **** ** **** the ****. *********, *** other ********* *** **** travel ******* *** ********* or ********* ****.

Accessible ****** ******/**** ********

*** ****** ******* **** interfaces **** ******* *** intercoms **** ** ****** reach ** ***** ** wheelchairs.

**** ****** *** ******** height ** ** **** than **" ***** *** floor, ********** ** *** reader ** ******* ** front ** ** *** side ** *** ****:

**** ******** **** ******* to ***** **** ******* equipment, ******* ********** ******* ****** ********.

*** ********* *** **** swings *** *** **** a **** ** ******** may **** ** ********* on ***** ********, ** allow *** *** ***** time ****** ** ********** the ***** *** **** through *** *******.

*** ***** ********** *** locations ** ******** ********** vary ********* ** *** type ******** ** *** ****:

Comments (6)

**** ******* ******** *** of *** ***** ****** of ****** ******* **** comes ** ** * number ** **** ********** in ********* ***** ** have ** ******* ** the ****** *** ***** existing ***** **** ***** cannot **** **** ** touch *** **** ***** and ******** ** ** access ******* ******** *********.

** **** *****, ***** is * ****** ****** in ********* *** ******** round **** *** **** a *** *********** ***** set, ******* ** ****** out **** ***** ** one *****, *.*. *** existing ***** **** **** goes **** ** **** as ********* ** *********** means ** *********** ****** through *** ****. ** boot, ** ********* *** infamous *******-******* *** ****** sensor *** *** *** built-in *** ****** ** the *********** ***** *** and *** ** ** monitor-only *********.

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****** ******* ******** ******** we *** **** **** year:

** *** ** ****** control ******** ** ** existing ********** ****** **** that *** ** *********** motorized **** ****** **** a ***** ****** **** (that *** ***** ***).

*** ******** ****-***** *** still ***** *** *** exterior **** ****** *** push ***** *** ****** were ******* **** *** prior ****** ***** ***.

*** *** ****** **** they ****'* ****** ** use *** ********* ******** on **** ****, *** they ***** ** *** future. **** ****** ** leave *** ******** **** plate ** ***** *** that ******. ***** *** also * ******* ** the ***** ** ** the **** **** ********* there *** ** ********* opener.

** ******** *** **** if **** ******** ** leave *** ******** **** plate *** ********* ****** in ***** (*** ** mention *** ******* ** the ******) **** ********** of ***** ****** ** use ** ***** *** as * ******** ******** or ***, **** *** door ******** ***** **** to ** ******* **** up ** *** ********** if **** ****** ** have ****** ******** ********* on **** **** *****, including ************ ** ** exterior **** ***** *** restoring *** ** *** interlock ****** ***** ******* the **** ****** ******, both **** ******, *** automatic ********, *** *** mag **** ** *** door.

**** ***** *****, **'* surely ****** ********* ** the ******** *****, *** if ***** *** *** control ******* **** ** a **** ** ** ACS ******** ******** (**********) that ***** ******** ***** prior *** ** ** ADA-type *** ****, **** must ** **** ***** operational ********** ** *** new ********'* ****** ** they **** ** ******* and ** ********* ******** entry ***** ** ******* into ********** **** *** specs.

* **** **** ****** like ****** ***** *** I *** *** **** the ***** ******* **** an *** ******** ** back **** **, *** has ****** **** *** into **** *** ****** pushback ** *** ***** cost ** ***** ***** of ******** ************?

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**** *** *** ********* that * ********* **** are ***** ***** **** in **** *****.

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*** ***** ****** ******** by *** ***** ***** are **********? ** **** there **** ** ******* accessible ******** ** *** building? ****** ******* * have **** *' **** turnstile ******** **** ** adjacent *****.

***** *******, *****! ***** to *** **** **-***** access ******* ******** ** IPVM.

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** ***** ********** ******** are *********, **** ***** are *** ******.

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***** *** *** *** extra ******* *** *** disabled *** ********** *****.

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