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Council for Community Accessibility Decal Program Means Good Business
Updated March 12, 2014 6:05 AM
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(BLOOMINGTON) - The City of Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility (CCA) decal program was established in 1993 to survey and recognize local businesses that are accessible to persons with disabilities.

Since the inception of the decal program, 143 local businesses that met accessibility criteria required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) have been awarded the "AccessAbility" decals to display in their windows or on their doors.

CCA members serve as volunteer surveyors. In addition to CCA members, Indiana University and Ivy Tech Community College students have surveyed businesses after training by the CCA. This has enabled students to gain valuable hands-on experience while promoting the CCA's goal of educating the public about the needs of people with disabilities and the requirements of the ADA.

Any business may obtain a decal if it meets accessibility guidelines. These primarily address parking, entrance, access within the business, common areas, restrooms and a few other concerns. Minimum basic criteria include requirements that a business:

• Offers handicap accessible parking with appropriate markings and signage, if public parking is provided

• Has an entrance doorway at least 32" wide and an unobstructed route of at least 36" wide within the business so customers can access goods and services

• Has restrooms which may be used by a person using a wheelchair, if public restrooms are provided

By displaying the decal, a business will inform the public that it welcomes people with disabilities along with all customers. If you believe that your business is accessible and would like a free consultation, or if you currently have an old AccessAbility decal and would like an updated survey and decal, contact Special Projects Coordinator Craig Brenner at brennerc@bloomington.in.gov or 349.3471.



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