Sir: Greetings, I am writing to point specific issues with regards to how your athletic facility limits the opportunities for disabled persons to take full advantage of your services.
This letter seeks to outline specific challenges, discrepancies, and changes that the management can consider addressing to further adherence to standards provided by the state of South Dakota and pursuing common tenets given by the Americans Disabilities Act (ADA). The succeeding paragraphs shall outline these areas accordingly for your immediate consideration.
One particular concern that I wish to point out is the lack of ramps to allow disabled people movement. These can be seen in the entrance of the building and in several locations that requires this type of setup. I have observed upon my visit that these ramps were non-existent and would therefore limit a disabled individual from accessing equipment and services that the athletic facility provides.
Given these limitations, the athletic facility should try to install ramps and abide according to the qualifications and measurements of what disabled individuals need. Here, the structure must not be too steep but rather the management should try to lengthen the ramp and lower its grade. It is also relevant to note that South Dakota also has specific rules on the application of ramps within athletic facilities. That is why it is crucial for management to actively look into details and abide with the necessary requirements.
Another observable problem within this facility is the lack of sinks that accommodates the needs of individuals. Since this is readily available for any normal people to use, it is just reasonably fair for people with disabilities to also have access for such. This is particularly important because the ADA provides that:
“A public accommodation may not discriminate against an individual with a disability in the operation of a place of public accommodation. Individuals with disabilities may not be denied full and equal enjoyment of the “goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations” offered by a place of public accommodation” (ADA, 2010, p.1).
C. Drinking Fountains
Likewise, there are limited drinking fountains for the disabled people. Given that this athletic facility does not seek to alienate or discriminate people from entering, it also does not try to provide specific modifications and changes to help disabled individuals from using its facilities. Given that physical engagement is part of what this athletic facility provides, disabled individuals are finding it hard to use available resources particularly drinking foundations because it only meets the standards of normal individuals. Seeing this, appropriate changes needs to be made.
Given the existing problems that this particular athletic facility has, it is essential that management take note of specific changes necessary. In particular, it may need to: (1) install new ramps on important areas of the building. These include entrances, exits, as well as locations that are higher than the original floor plan. To achieve this, the management may try to consider reviewing and applying specific standards provided by the ADA and South Dakota.
Similarly, the athletic facility may want to consider the installation of new sinks and drinking fountains for disabled people. It would serve as a big help for people if these were created and would allow disabled individuals to take full advantage of the services that the facility has to offer. This may also prove to be a good investment on the part of management because it can help encourage more disabled people to participate in physical activities and programs that the organization offers.
III. Good Things
Despite this present setback, I do believe that this athletic facility has done its best through the years to abide with what the community needs. It has offered its services to people without any prejudice or discrimination to race or either physical capacity. Likewise, it has also capitalized in enriching experiences among individuals through sports and physical activities and continues to do so today regardless of physical limitations or preferences in gender. Given these, it is then essential that the management take this issue seriously and try to accommodate the necessary changes available. By pursuing on these aspects, this athletic facility maintains its organizational mission and effectively promote its purpose to the community it serves.
ADA. (2010) Americans with Disabilities Act: ADA Title III Technical Assistance Manual
Covering Public Accommodations and Commercial Facilities. Retrieved from http://www.ada.gov/taman3.html