How Medical Centers Are Affected By The Ada
How are Outpatient Medical and Health Care Facilities affected by the Americans with Disabilities Act? Are they public places? What laws do they need to follow?
Outpatient medical centers and health care facilities are included and need to abide by Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines. They are public facilities. Included in this category are the offices of private doctors, dentists, optometrists, opticians, psychologists, family planning facilities, chiropractors, psychiatrists, physical therapy centers, day care surgery centers, radiology facilities, therapists, nutritionists, clinics, acupuncturists, and laboratories.
These centers must have convenient parking areas for those who have mobility problems. The disabled parking spaces must be close to the center and allow more space for entering and exiting their vehicles. In addition, there must be accessible ramps for the disabled to use when entering the building. If city street parking is all that's available for the center, then it is the government's responsibility to provide the proper ramps. Keep in mind that one entrance, more than likely the main entrance, must be disabled accessible under the Act. The facility is not obligated to make all entrances into the building accessible.
Outpatient medical centers and health care facilities cannot deny service to someone with a disability just because of his or her disability. That is viewed as discrimination and is grounds for a lawsuit. All service animals must be permitted into these centers, as well.
And it's not just enough for these facilities to make the entrances to the building accessible. All areas that the general public can move around in, must also be accessible for the disabled. This includes rest rooms.