Restaurants' compliance with wheelchair accessibility in Suffolk and Nassau Counties, New York
Title III of the ADA, states "no individual shall be discriminated against on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations of any place of public accommodation" (1990, p. 21). This study surveyed the accessibility of 40 restaurants in Suffolk and Nassau Counties, New York. The overall accessibility of the restaurants' areas of parking, ramps, doors, dining areas and restrooms was surveyed, and any differences between urban/rural restaurants and fast food/conventional restaurants was determined. Rural/fast food restaurants were found to be the "most" accessible. This study used an independent T-Test to determine that there was no difference between rural/urban or fast food/conventional restaurants with compliance to standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act. As this study found, even with this legislation, physical barriers still exist. It is the job of the rehabilitation community including, occupational therapists, to eliminate or modify these environmental barriers.
0354: Occupational safety