ADA Modifications and Handicap Renovations
ADA Special Needs and Accessibility Modifications
For the past 25 years, we at R.E. Ziegler have collaborated with special needs and accessibility organizations to ensure not a single person is without the benefit of the safety and convenience our construction services can provide.
First and foremost, respect for your safety is our utmost concern. We are well-versed and experienced in The Department of Justice’s revised design standards and regulations for Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) published in 2010, and use this knowledge to ensure all modifications and adjustments are constructed for ease, durability, and safety.
If you or a loved one is in need of special household adjustments and/or accessibility modifications, from simple door readjustments to elevators, please, do not hesitate to give us a call. We will answer your questions and provide solid advice based on our expertise with accessibility modifications.
Grab bars for a handicap renovation may seem simple, but the Disabilities Act requires specific placement. The railings for a bathtub, toilet and shower must all comply with exact distances from the floor. Lengths and diameters of the rods themselves should also fit the requirements.
For example, bathtubs with a seat need to have two bars on the “back” wall and one on the “control end” wall. The bars on the back wall require installation at 12” max from control wall. The rod for the control end needs to be at the front edge of the tub and at least 24” long.
Toilets have separate regulations. A grab bar is necessary for the side wall and rear wall. The former should have a bar of at least 42” long and the latter needs a bar of at least 36”. Check with the ADA for further guidelines.
Some participating special needs and accessibility organizations of which we are knowledgeable and experienced include:
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
OVR issues grants for individuals in Pennsylvania for housing needs which will enable them to continue to work, including new or modified bathrooms, ramps, lifts, elevators, and doorway adjustments.
State Worker’s Insurance Fund
SWIF issues grants for individuals in Pennsylvania to persons injured at work for housing needs in the hope that the affected person is able to rehabilitate and return to work. Housing needs include new or modified bathrooms, ramps, lifts, elevators, and doorway adjustments.
Home Improvement & Structural Alterations Program
HISA issues grants for Pennsylvanians through the local Veteran’s Administration Office to military veterans for housing adjustments which might best ease and assist daily living. These housing adjustments include new or modified bathrooms, ramps, lifts, elevators, and doorway adjustments.
Special Adapted Housing Grants
SAH issues grants for Pennsylvanians through the Department of Veterans Affairs to military veterans to assist with specific housing needs, including additions, major modifications, new or modified bathrooms, ramps, lifts, elevators, and doorway adjustments. SAH work includes special ADA additions, ramps, lifts, elevators, handicap bathrooms, doorway adjustments, and the installation of lever handsets, grab bars, kitchen modifications, or anything needed to aid in improving quality and ease of life.
R.E. Ziegler looks forward to completing handicap renovations in Pennsylvania. Following the inception of the Americans with Disabilities Act, all public buildings are required by law to furnish ramps, grab bars, accessible bathrooms, curb cuts and other features to allow for safe admittance.
For more information on our work, feel free to contact us. This is a great time for you to improve your safety and quality of life, or that of your friends or loved ones.