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ADA / Accessibility Solutions and Information
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AccessCheck - a service of LVCIL

LVCIL’s AccessCheck is the Lehigh Valley’s #1 resource for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance and accessibility information.

AccessCheck helps businesses, organizations, parks and outdoor recreation areas, and state/local governments improve accessibility for everyone. We specialize in identifying cost-effective solutions.

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The program focuses on improving accessibility of buildings, recreation destinations, and other sites throughout the Lehigh Valley and beyond. The program focuses on education and training opportunities, utilizing the following elements. 

 

AccessCheck is your source for solutions and information on accessibility standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

 

 

LVCIL’s AccessCheck is the #1 resource for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance and accessibility information.

AccessCheck helps businesses, organizations, parks and outdoor recreation areas, and state/local governments improve accessibility for everyone. We specialize in identifying cost-effective solutions.

1 in 5 Americans has a disability. Improving accessibility welcomes not just people with disabilities, but also their family members, friends, and caregivers.  Accessibilty makes it easier for everyone to get to your business including the elderly and parents with strollers. 

Better access can increase customers, traffic, and profit.

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The Community Accessibility Program (CAP) focuses on improving the accessibility of communities across Pennsylvania.

CAP specializes in ADA Accessibility Site Surveys for parks and outdoor recreation areas, trails, festivals and fairs, pools, and other public facilities. Conducted by our trained staff, including an ICC Certified Accessibility Surveyor and engineer, site surveys provide an overview of accessibility concerns as well as simple solutions to become more welcoming to persons with disabilities. Site surveys are confidential.

In addition to site surveys, CAP also offers ADA and Disability Awareness Education on a number of topics, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Universal Design, Visitability Standards, Practical Low Cost Ways to Improve Accessibility, Handling Accommodation Requests, Website Accessibility, Cultural Competency, and Person First  Language. As a part of the Mid-Atlantic ADA Leadership Network, we can also provide a variety of trainings on specific ADA topics and concerns.

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AccessCheck is your source for solutions and information on accessibility standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 

 

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How Will a Business Benefit from Accessibility Improvements?

 

Untapped Customer Base 

 

There are roughly 53 million adults living with a disability in the United States.  That's about one-fifth of the population that requires accessible resources to navigate their daily life.  These individuals are working, moving, and spending money.  Considering that people with disabilities often go places with non-disabled family members and /or friends, demand for accessible public locations (businesses, parks, museums, doctors’ offices, events, etc.) amount to a considerable portion of industry.  Yet, many public locations remain inaccessible to people with disabilities.  Either through lack of awareness, or by negligence, many businesses make simple mistakes that shut themselves off from serving millions of potential customers.  Accessibility can broaden target demographic and ultimately give a competitive edge.

 

IRS Tax Credits and Deductions

 

To assist businesses with complying with the ADA, Section 44 of the IRS Code allows a tax credit for small businesses and Section 190 of the IRS Code allows a tax deduction for all businesses.  States may offer similiar incentives. 

 

The tax credit is available to businesses that have total revenues of $1,000,000 or less in the previous tax year or 30 or fewer full-time employees. This credit can cover 50% of the eligible access expenditures in a year up to $10,250 (maximum credit of $5000). The tax credit can be used to offset the cost of undertaking barrier removal and alterations to improve accessibility; providing accessible formats such as Braille, large print and audio tape; making available a sign language interpreter or a reader for customers or employees, and for purchasing certain adaptive equipment.

 

The tax deduction is available to all businesses with a maximum deduction of $15,000 per year. The tax deduction can be claimed for expenses incurred in barrier removal and alterations.

 

To learn more about the tax credit and tax deduction provisions:

 

Download IRS Form 8826 for the tax credit for small businesses
Go to the Internal Revenue Service Web Site
Department of Justice ADA Information Line.

 

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Registration is now open for LVCIL's Golf Classic on Wednesday, August 29th at Wedgewood Golf Course. All proceeds to benefit jobs, housing, and independence for people with disabilities. Sponsorship opportunities available. Click here to sponsor or register today!

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