As an advocate for the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), I have wished for over 35 years that as a person with a disability I could dine at the Fromagerie at 26 Ridge Road in Rumson. I asked the owners many times to provide access.
Yesterday, the Asbury Park Press announced that the restaurant had “…expanded the first floor and added a bar to the second floor…” Excited, we drove last night to see it, only to find that it is still completely inaccessible, despite the new construction. The several new doors have only steps.
Over 25 years after the ADA was passed and no access had been provided! Where are the architects, officials, owners? There is NO “grandfathering” under the ADA.
Carolyn Schwebel, Executive Director
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“Who is Covered by the ADA?
Businesses that provide goods or services to the public are called “public accommodations” in the ADA. The ADA establishes requirements for 12 categories of public accommodations, which include stores, restaurants, bars, service establishments, theaters, hotels, recreational facilities, private museums and schools, doctors’ and dentists’ offices, shopping malls, and other businesses. Nearly all types of businesses that serve the public are included in the 12 categories, regardless of the size of the business or the age of their buildings. Businesses covered by the ADA are required to modify their business policies and procedures when necessary to serve customers with disabilities and take steps to communicate effectively with customers with disabilities. The ADA also requires businesses to remove architectural barriers in existing buildings and make sure that newly built or altered facilities are constructed to be accessible to individuals with disabilities. “Grandfather provisions” often found in local building codes do not exempt businesses from their obligations under the ADA”
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