Inc. Magazine recently posted a good article, How to Comply With the Americans With Disabilities Act, addressed specifically to small businesses. Given the very recent publication of revised ADA regulations (which you can find here), the article is timely. It also contains links to other resources, including the Department of Justice’s “ADA Business Connection” (where, among many other resources, you will find a 13 minute video entitled “Ten Small Business Mistakes”) and the “ADA Guide for Small Businesses“.
I won’t repeat the information given in the article, just leave you with the following “teasers” to encourage you to read the article yourself and download the resources it links to:
Teaser #1: No matter how small your business may be, the ADA may still apply to you in some way.
Teaser #2: The ADA applies both to employment relationships and to customer relationships (including, but not limited to, the physical space your business occupies).
If you are starting a new business it would be well worth your while to familiarize yourself with the requirements of the ADA; even seasoned business owners will likely find something in the article or the resource links that they didn’t know or have forgotten, however. Forewarned is forearmed!