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Disability Action Center NW

Businesses & Government

Businesses & Government

"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." – James Baldwin

25% of Americans have a disability (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2018) That represents $8 trillion as the estimated amount of disposable income that is held by people with disabilities and their immediate family and friends. Over 61 million people! That’s the largest minority group in America.  DAC NW can help your business reach this market effectively.
BluePath is a targeted marketing plan to promote your business to people with a disability and their families and friends. This market has TWICE the spending power of the teen market. Complete a Quick Look Survey and be listed to market your accessible business to a market worth $400 billion dollars!

Disability Awareness Training

Join the ranks of Hewlett Packard, Siemens Corporation, Northern Trust Bank, Whole Foods Market, and other businesses to become leaders in disability-aware service. Learn how you and your staff can interact naturally and confidently with people with disabilities. When it’s unfamiliar, it might feel uncomfortable, but we’ve got just the tools for you. Contact Mark Leeper to set up your training now. Or check out this video on disability awareness training.

ADA and the Small Business:

Access means business! DAC can assess the visitor-readiness of your communities and businesses. We want to help you move towards increased economic activity and compliance with existing laws. We can help you discover financial and technical support to help you remove barriers, reduce your liability, provide tax benefits and get customers in the door! Contact the Northwest ADA Center – Idaho for the answers you are looking for. Did U know? Small businesses that remove barriers to access for the RampUpIdaho project could deduct up to $15,000 in a given tax year for accessibility improvements made in that year, and may receive up to $5,000 credit for barrier removal, including the use of auxiliary aids and services or accommodating employees.

Building a Website?

The Department of Justice takes the position that websites are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Find out Seven Things Retailers Can Do Now to make your website accessible!

Learn your rights as a business regarding service animals and companion animals. We can provide information and training on how to handle these situations. DAC understands the challenges faced by communities and businesses. Businesses and governments alike risk fines of up to $10,000 for noncompliance should someone decide to file a complaint. Thinking about hiring? View our document Successful Service Dog Accommodationspdf

How to Survey your Parking Lot for ADA Accessibility.

This is an instructional video on helping you to survey your parking lot to provide a more accessible entrance to your business! Not sure how many accessible parking spaces you are required to have? Click here for an easy calculator that can find out about parking and other accessible features your business needs.

Information on recruiting, hiring, retaining and promoting people with disabilities. Targeted at businesses of all sizes this publication addresses leading practices in four key areas: 1) hiring (including strategies for recruiting youth and veterans with disabilities); 2) retention and promotion; 3) providing reasonable accommodations; and 4) understanding responsibilities under the ADA, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, and other related regulations. Employers can use this tool as an easy reference guide for implementing a new breed of curb cuts – inclusive policies and practices that empower more Americans with disabilities to contribute their skills and talents in the workplace, and more businesses to benefit from them.

Accessible Parks and Recreation

For those interested in building shared use paths and trails, this manual informs you of universal design for best use, lowest maintenance,  and connectivity with ethical and legal considerations. A great resource.

Tips for First Responders

First responders encounter a wide variety of emergency situations, and naturally, protecting and saving lives is of upmost importance. Being familiar with how to interact with persons with disabilities can help maximize the safety of all persons present. Tips for First Responders will give you information to easily and quickly determine the specific scenario into which they are entering.

Service Dog Accommodations For First Responders

All the details of ADA Title I for Service Dog Accommodations for employing emergency responders. The Guide offers detailed information. And the Video can give much needed context. Resource list is at the end of the guide.

Guide for First Responders