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Article: Guide to Public Accommodations and Accessibility

Introduction to Public Accommodations and Accessibility

Table of Contents
  1. Introduction to Public Accommodations and Accessibility
  2. Accessible Design
  3. Communications
  4. Social Barriers

The ADA defines a public accommodation as "a private entity that owns, operates, leases, or leases to, a place of public accommodation". Restaurants, hotels, doctors' offices, retail stores, museums, libraries, parks and private schools are examples of public accommodations. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, certain accessibility issues must be addressed in these settings. For questions and answers concerning accessibility issues, visit:

In the United States, people with disabilities are the largest minority. It is clear that work needs to continue to eliminate the physical and attitudinal barriers that keep people with disabilities from having access to programs, services and technology. Community-based programs can make a strong statement about the importance of planning and providing accessibility to enable people with disabilities to fully participate in their communities. 

Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act requires that all public entities ensure that they are accessible by conducting a self evaluation of its programs, policies and procedures. Having an understanding of accessibility standards and guidelines are necessary in order to conduct such an evaluation.

Last Updated on 1/22/2016

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Kahi Mālama - A Place of Caring
Aging & Disability Resource Center
1055 Kinoole Street
Hilo, HI 96720-3872

Kahi Malama ADRC Partners

Kahi Malama - The Hawaii Aging and Disability Resource Center - houses various State, County and private organizations to simplify your search for aging and disability needs. The following is a list of tenants - click on an organization's name to be redirected to its individual website.