Compromise vs. Confidence:
("Why ADA Compliance is Not Enough" - part 4)

This is the BarrierFreeChoices logo. Clicking on it will take you to our home page (which will open in a new window).Creating (or amending) any kind of Law requires compromise. This is especially true of Civil Rights legislation. As Congress tries to help one group of people, they also must try to avoid stomping too hard on other people's rights. Legislators often walk a tightrope, trying to "do the right thing" and still get themselves re-elected.

Consequently, they attempt to weigh the needs and wishes of each of the various special-interest groups that may be affected by proposed legislation, and try to strike a balance that will more or less satisfy everybody somewhat.

The result of this process is usually pretty good "common sense" legislation, even though it doesn't give anybody everything they want, and probably never will.

So the only way disabled consumers can truly feel safe and confident is to have reliable and uncompromised information beforehand so they know that a particular store or restaurant or medical facility will be accessible – for them. And that's the service BarrierFreeChoices provides.

[For more about current ADA requirements and enforcement policies, check out the Business Section of ADA's website, which includes an interesting 13 minute video of common mistakes businesses make in dealing with ADA compliance and other accessibility-related issues.]

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