Drop boxes provide an important service to businesses, but they also have to conform to some very strict standards, including those of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA was passed in 1990, and it prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in all areas of public life—and that includes drop boxes in front of businesses. Businesses that don’t make their drop boxes accessible could be held liable under ADA provisions if someone with a disability is unable to use them.
The Americans with Disabilities Act
A number of local advocacy groups were established to advocate for the rights of people with disabilities. People with disabilities began living in the community by fighting against the notion that they had to be institutionalized, and by providing services to enable them to live independently. The ADA was signed into law in 1990 in order to federally protect the rights of individuals with disabilities. The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in all areas of public life, including employment, transportation, and education. Making drop boxes accessible for all is an important part of complying with the ADA.
Why Is This So Important?
Under Title III of the ADA, any public entity that provides goods or services shall provide those goods or services in a manner that ensures they are readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities. As a manufacturer who is committed to providing products that are compliant with the ADA standards, we take this responsibility seriously and make every effort to ensure our products are easily accessible. This is important because it ensures that everyone has the same opportunities to use our products and services. Additionally, it helps us create a more inclusive society overall.
We want to ensure that our products are accessible to everyone, which is why we take the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into consideration when designing our drop boxes. We continue to work hard to make sure that our products are accessible to everyone. Here are some of the things we include in every drop box design:
- The chute height of every cabinet is made to be within reach in a seated position
- Chutes can be easily opened with one hand
- The push plate hood sticks out from the cabinet less than 4 inches