Remember how the County of Humboldt has a dismal record when it comes to ADA compliance? You know, a record so bad that the U.S. Department of Justice issued a judgement against the County, mandating that they get their shit together and improve ADA access and services – only to have the County completely ignore the judgement.
Yeah, well, turns out that the big wigs in the County lack any and all self-awareness or sense of irony.
This past Wednesday, the County held a no-cost seminar aimed at “educating” contractors and property managers about ADA requirements and compliance.
From the County website:
“Topics of the training will include:
- Accessories and clearances
- Adjusting door closures and automatic door openers
- Aisle/corridor widths
- Door maneuvering clearances
- Furniture and fixtures
- Mounting heights/reach heights
- Parking signage, striping and parking stalls
- Path of travel, minor concrete work, grinding, and asphalt to include parking lots and sidewalks
- Protruding objects
- Ramps and stairs
Unfortunately, the County appears to have forgotten the most valuable topic that potential attendees would need to hear about – how to avoid being complete f***-ups like the County, who have simultaneously failed to serve and accommodate the County’s disabled and also put the entire County at risk of a massive financial penalty thanks to their complete dismissal of the U.S. Department of Justice. (Which, as a rule, really doesn’t like to be ignored.)
Unfortunately for those who attended the seminar, the no-cost training may lead lead to some extremely costly lawsuits or revamps if they’re relying on the County’s advice about compliance.