Making Your Business Disabled Veteran-Friendly: Things You Can Do

27 February 2017
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From one service-disabled veteran owned business to others, you should know that making your business disabled veteran-friendly is a very good idea indeed. Not only are you compliant with state, local, and federal laws regarding handicap-accessible features for anyone with physical challenges, but you also honor the disabled veterans who fought for your rights and liberties. You will need a general contractor if you want to do any of the following.

Wood or Concrete Ramps to the Door of Your Business

Any ramps you put in on your commercial property should be solid and stable. They should not wobble or tip. A contractor will make sure that concrete ramps are poured perfectly and that the ramps are secure to the walkway leading up to the door. If your business is elevated for some reason, and you need to install wooden ramps that gradually lift veterans in wheelchairs up to the doors, all of the posts on these ramps should be secured with concrete to provide the stability needed to support wheelchairs.

Electronic Door Assists

Keeping in mind that some disabled veterans lost their hands or arms (in addition to or instead of the loss of their legs and feet), it is a very thoughtful gesture to install electronic door assists. These door assists are activated by hitting or pushing large square buttons on a wall or along the ramp leading to the door. The door opens and stays open for about a minute to allow disabled vets to get to and through the door. General contractors can install these, but you can also hire an electrical contractor to get the wiring in too.

Widening the Doors

Finally, an alteration you can make to the doors themselves will make your business more disabled veteran-friendly. (This way, everyone in a wheelchair, everyone with prosthetic limbs, and everyone with a cane or crutches can make it through without banging into part of the door frame.) The contractor essentially knocks out the wall around the current door frame, removes the old door frame, and installs a double-wide frame. If you are also installing electronic door assists, you should have both of these installed at the same time while the new door and its frame are exposed and can be wired for and to the door assist. When combined with the other alterations above, it becomes a clear-cut message to those with physical challenges that you welcome them and their business.

To get started on these alterations, contact a company like Noreast Property Management Corporation.