Access aisle

An access aisle is the striped area next to an accessible parking space. An access aisle provides space for an individual with a disability to transfer between a vehicle in the accessible space and a mobility device, like a wheelchair or scooter. It is important to keep an access aisle clear so it can be used for its intended purpose. To comply with the law, an access aisle for a car parking space must be at least 5 feet wide. For a van, however, the access aisle must be at least 8 feet wide—though if a van-accessible parking space is at least 11 feet wide, the access aisle need be only 5 feet wide. The 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design contain the scoping and technical requirements for access aisles.

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Allergy Awareness
Infographic titled 'Trick-or-Treating: Allergy Awareness' featuring a carved pumpkin in front of a door.
Some kids have allergies that can make celebrating Halloween in the community more challenging for them and their families. How can you make it easier?
Offer non-food treats such as stickers or novelty items.
Avoid peanut-based treats.
Ensure labeling is included on all treats.
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Students with Disabilities & School Sports
Infographic titled 'Students with Disabilities & School Sports' featuring a runner using a mobility device on a track.
The ADA ensures that all students have access to:
Court and field sports.
Locker rooms.
Team or player seating areas.
Exercise equipment & machines.
Saunas & steam rooms.
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Rights of Parents with Disabilities in the Child Welfare System
Infographic titled 'Rights of Parents with Disabilities in the Child Welfare System' featuring several text boxes.
Child welfare agencies cannot exclude parents with disabilities from the services offered in child welfare agencies or court systems.
Assumptions, generalizations, or stereotypes about disability should not affect assessments, services, and decisions.
Reasonable modifications to policies, practices, and procedures for parents with disabilities are required for all services and hearings.
Modifications include ensuring physical or programmatic accessibility, or providing auxiliary aids and services to ensure adequate communication and participation.
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Student Rights in Postsecondary Education
Infographic titled 'Student Rights in Postsecondary Education' featuring several text boxes.
In order to get an academic adjustment in college, you must identify yourself as having a disability.
Examples of adjustments include providing note takers, recording devices, sign language interpreters, and extended time for testing.
The school is not required to lower or waive essential course requirements.
A school cannot charge you for providing an academic adjustment.
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ADA Accessible Parking 101
Infographic titled 'ADA Accessible Parking 101' featuring a graphic of an accessible parking spot with arrows identifying aspects listed below.
 Accessible parking spaces must be provided whenever parking is provided including:
 Signage that includes the International Symbol of Accessibility.
 An adjacent access aisle is needed.
 Located on the shortest accessible route to an accessible entrance.
 1 of every 6 must be sized for vans.
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