Law Office of Hakimi & Shahriari

The Law Office of Hakimi & Shahriari
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Encino, California 91436
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As an example, with respect to parking, the general rule is that accessible parking is required whenever on-site parking is provided in lots or structures for clients, guests or employees. This is a generic rule, and there are many specific requirements, with respect to accessible parking. For example, an accessible parking space is defined to require:

  • A vehicle space that is at least 9 feet wide, and 18 feet long.
  • An adjacent access aisle at least 5 feet wide, and 18 feet long.
  • Appropriate signage and space (surface) markings.
  • A Surface slope that does not exceed 2% (1:50 slope).

wheelchair user rights - ramps

A compliant ramp is one of the basic wheelchair user rights. Expert lawyers can advise regarding the specific requirements, however, a ramp is generally held to be an accessible ramp or an ADA compliant ramp, where the ramp meets the following (and other) requirements:

  • The walking surface is stable, firm and slip-resistant.
  • Has landings at both the bottom and top of the ramp that meet certain size specifications.
  • Where the ramp surface is not bounded by a wall, guide curb ramps must be provided a min. of 2 inches in height above the ramp surface or wheel guide rails centered 3 inches + / – 1 inch above the ramp surface must be provided.


Wheelchair user rights - parking

wheelchair user rights

Wheelchair user rights are protected under both federal law and California law. These laws were put into place primarily to make sure that wheelchair users have access to places of public accommodation, and public facilities.

Places of public accommodation, include, for example, restaurants, movie theaters, clothing stores, supermarkets, drug stores, dry cleaners, liquor stores, music venues, retail facilities, theaters, gyms, religious facilities, and patient care facilities to name a few.

Public facilities, include, for example, government buildings, courthouses, sidewalks, and government sponsored programs.

The phrase “access to places of public accommodation and public facilities” means that these places must be designed and constructed in a manner so that wheelchair users do not encounter physical barriers when attempting to visit one of these places.

Physical barriers can exist with respect to, among many other things, parking, ramps and curb ramps, walkways and sidewalks, entrances and exits, doors and doorways, clear floor or ground space, floor levels and surfaces, and bathrooms facilities. 

wheelchair user rights under federal law and state law

Businesses are required to meet many specific, very detailed requirements under both federal and state law in order to be in compliance and provide access to wheelchair users. If you or a loved one has experienced an access barrier at a business or other facility, please call our law firm for a free case consultation at (888) 635 - 2250, with an experienced attorney.

​Any walking surface with a slope greater than 1:20 (5% gradient) is considered the ADA guidelines to be a ramp, and must therefore comply with the ADA requirements in order to be considered an ADA compliant accessible ramp.

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