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I noticed that snow has been plowed into the accessible parking space(s) at my grocery store. Isn't this an ADA violation?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title III Regulations include a responsibility “to maintain in operable working condition those features of facilities that are required to be readily accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities” (§ 36.211). This obligation to “maintain” accessible features is what would prohibit the dumping of snow into accessible parking spaces, which renders the accessible parking spaces unusable by people with disabilities. A best practice for snow removal policies would be to prioritize the removal of snow from accessible parking spaces given the importance of this accessible design feature for people with disabilities that may not be able to access the grocery store if not for the availability of accessible parking that is available close to the store’s entrance.




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