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Generally, when you start thinking about improving access, consider these four priorities:

  1. first priority: Provide handicapped parkingthis factsheet can help: https://adata.org/factsheet/parking
  2. second priority: Provide access to your entrance and into your business from parking and sidewalks, here's some basic background: What is an accessible route.pdf
  3. third priority: Provide access to your business's goods and services
  4. fourth priority: Provide handicapped restrooms

Remember, your business or activity is almost certainly a "public accommodationunder the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). (Lodgings renting five rooms or less and with the owner living onsite are not public accommodations under ADA.)  Public accommodations are "businesses, including private entities, that are open to the public or that provide goods or services to the public."  ADA regulations list 12 categories of public accommodations, and these include places like lodgings, restaurants, movie theaters, schools, day care centers, recreation facilities, museums, galleries, and public gathering places.  ADA rules for public accommodations are covered in Title III of the ADA; here's a handy checklist of those regulations: https://adachecklist.org/about.html#what.  By March 15, 2012, public accommodations should have removed architectural barriers if doing so was "readily achievable." Both a landlord owning a place of public accommodation and his or her tenants who operate businesses there are subject to Title III requirements. Get easy-to-understand guidance about Title III requirements and other topics in ADA Update: A Primer for Small Businesses.  The url for that primer iswww.ada.gov/regs2010/smallbusiness/smallbusprimer2010.htm.


The gold standard for following the Americans with Disabilities ACT (ADA) is the 2010 version of

ADA Standards for Accessible Design, found at: https://www.ada.gov/2010ADAstandards_index.htm.

For examples of some ways Homer businesses have improved accessibility, click here.


Accessibility checklists from the Northwest ADA Center: http://nwadacenter.org/toolkit/accessibility-checklists#

Accessibility checklist for hotels (from Washington state): http://nwadacenter.org/sites/adanw/files/files/AccessibilityChecklist_Hotels%202012(1).pdf

Northwest ADA Center: http://nwadacenter.org/  The Northwest ADA Center provides information, training, and guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act to Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

Reasonable Accommodations: http://nwadacenter.org/topics/reasonable-accommodations


Below are examples of how Homer businesses and venues

improved their accessibility. 
Where possible, contractors 
who did the work are identified.


  • Homer Theater 

The Homer Theater has greatly improved the accessibility of its entry, as before and after photos show (click here).  The new entry grate and thresholds were installed by Kasilof Wood and Metal, the black mats at the end of the boardwalk are stall mats from Cadre Feeds in Soldotna (mats can be moved around as needed). As the listing for the theater in Table 2 shows, it also provides a closed captioning device for movie goers with hearing impairments.

  • Vida's Thai Restaurant



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