When you're taking in a play, movie, or musical concert, visiting
a museum or any type of public building, it's good to know how the
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) works to ensure equal
access for all individuals. Below is an excerpt from the ADA regarding
public accommodations stores, restaurants, theaters, hotels,
museums, stadiums, etc.
Basically, all newly constructed public buildings,
including renovations and additions, must provide equal access to
all consumers. Public buildings existing before the enactment of
the ADA must remove architectural and communicational barriers.
Keep in mind that some businesses comply in better
ways than others. For example, not every place has an automatic
entrance door to the building, but does provide personnel to open
it. (It would be nice to not have to wait for someone to open it,
but the building is still in compliance as long as the doorway is
wide enough for a wheelchair to pass through it.) See also, Accessible
Stadiums for a detailed example of compliance.
Note: If you would like
to access the entire ADA, as well as more helpful information about
it, go to: http://www.access-board.gov/adaag/html/adaag.htm
Another source of information on the ADA is the
U.S. Access Board, also known as the Architectural and Transportation
Barriers Compliance Board. See http://www.access-board.gov/.