As part of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which protects Americans from discrimination based on disability, detectable warning pavers are required to ensure public spaces are easily accessible for persons of all abilities.
The intended purpose of ADA tiles is to protect visually impaired pedestrians from potential hazards, such as sudden drops, unexpected objects, or oncoming traffic. In addition to their intended purpose, the installation of ADA tiles has a number of positive effects beyond the guidance provided to the visually impaired.
1. Acts as a Confidence Booster
Navigating an unfamiliar space can be difficult for persons of all abilities, and with a visual impairment it can become a daunting and anxiety inducing task. The installation of detectable warning tiles, however, removes the uncertainty of navigating new or unfamiliar spaces.
The installation of ADA tiles allows visually impaired persons to comfortably navigate public spaces, unaided, providing a huge confidence boost and a sense of independence and freedom.
2. Improves Access to Businesses
Not knowing your way around a public space can be a deterrent to many things we may take for granted, like going shopping for finding employment. Installing detectable warning tiles at businesses, however, allows persons with visual impairments to access the business more easily, and may lead to increased sales and even employment opportunities.
3. Increases the use Public Transit
Without the guidance of detectable warning tiles, persons with visual impairments may find it difficult to navigate the use of public transit, without the help of others. This may lead to more time spent at home, not accessing the use of public transit to complete daily tasks independently.
Detectable warning tiles create an easy-to-follow pathway through transit stations and transit platforms, allowing persons of all abilities to access public transit and live a more independent life.
4. Navigation Cues
Navigating large open spaces, such as university campuses or concourse halls, can be difficult for persons of all abilities! ADA tiles, however, can be used as both a visual and non-visual path to guide pedestrians throughout these spaces, leading to major points along the way, like information desks or ticket counters.
5. Creates Safer Surfaces
The installation of detectable warning surfaces creates safer walking surfaces for persons of all abilities. When installed and maintained correctly, ADA tiles provide a flat, even surface that makes it easier for pedestrians on-foot as well as those using mobility aids, such as wheelchairs and walkers. Additionally, the micro-texture of truncated dome tiles creates a non-slip surface that prevents slips and falls in all weather conditions.
Beyond bringing public spaces up to code compliance, there are many benefits to installing detectable warning tiles! From improving public wayfinding to boosting pedestrian confidence and comfort, the installation of ADA tiles improves communities in many ways.
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