REMEMBER THAT OLD SAYING; "DON'T LET THE DOOR HIT YOU..."
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Have you ever been hit by a door that closed too fast? Have you ever tried to open a door that felt like you had to be a weightlifter to pull it? Have you ever had an armload of groceries and tried to twist a knob or pinch a panel handle to try to open a door? Have you ever opened a door for someone with a stroller or someone elderly because you knew they would struggle or be hurt if they tried to do it by themselves? One simple change can solve all of these problems.
Take Action NOW - Sign the Petition to Support SB 1515
Currently we see this is a Virginia state initiative but we understand that it may exist in ANY town, USA. That's why we're asking you to sign this petition in support of SB 1515 whether you live in Virginia or not. And that's why we've posted our petition on change.org - because our mission is to educate lawmakers and commercial property owners on an issue that affects of of us.
Buildings constructed prior to 1990 have neither accessible entry door hardware that opens easily like a refrigerator door nor an easy to grasp handle like those installed in newer buildings. Remember, if your arms are full, it's a a lot easier to open a door with your elbow when it has a lever handle.
The legislation SB 1515 will allow local governments to require older buildings that are not easily accessible be updated with hardware that allows all persons, such as the disabled, elderly, their caregivers and parents with small children to enter safely into all buildings without hardship or potential injury. Thank you for giving others access.
SENATE BILL NO. 1515 Offered January 19, 2017 Patron -- Wagner
1. That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding in Article 1 of Chapter 9 of Title 15.2 a section numbered § 15.2-926.4 as follows:
§ 15.2-926.4. Authority of localities to require compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
A. For the purposes of this section, "building" means any existing building or facility including health care, commercial, and governmental facilities, not including a building designated as historic by its inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places or its designation as a National Historic Landmark.
B. Any locality may by ordinance require any property owner to install manual entry door hardware in any building located in its jurisdiction where such fitting is affordable and readily achievable.
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