ADA Compliance

FREE Matching Grants Available
To OBID Members For ADA Compliance / Storefront Barrier Removal

In an effort to improve access for people with disabilities, the Oakland Business Improvement District continues to recruit interested business and property owners for FREE matching grants — up to $5,000 per storefront — to eliminate barriers at storefront entrances. Due to limited funding, OBID will respond to eligible applicants on a first come, first served basis — additional requirements will apply as well. This program ends December 31, 2017, so act now!
Contact OBID
Email: georgia@oaklandbid.org
Phone: 412.683.6243, ext. 18

 


 

Oakland For All: Beyond Accessible

Oakland For All: Beyond Accessible advocates for the creation of accessible establishments, raising public awareness of accessibility for people with disabilities, and the transportation of Oakland into a model community that can be replicated throughout the nation.

Project partners include: Oakland stakeholders, Oakland-based & regional community advocates, Accessible Oakland, Bellefield Area Citizens Association, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, City of Pittsburgh, Consumer Health Coalition, Oakland Business Improvement District, Oakland Task Force, Oakland Transportation Management Association, Office of PA Senator Jay Costa, Office of U.S. Congressman Mike Doyle, Offices of Pittsburgh Councilmen Bruce Kraus, Dan Gilman, Daniel Lavelle, pathVu, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, University of Pittsburgh, UPMC

 


Is Your Business ADA Compliant?

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Oakland For All advocates for the creation of accessible establishments, raising public awareness of accessibility for people with disabilities, and the transportation of Oakland into a model community that can be replicated throughout the nation.

With funding provided by the FISA Foundation, OBID is able to offer a limited number of consultations to our OBID member businesses. We are excited to provide the expertise of Joan Stein, President of Stein Consulting LLC. Ms. Stein’s expertise helps a range of business clients from owners and operators of restaurants and retail establishments to larger clients such as corporate banks and the United States Golf Association. This offer is on a first come first serve basis so call OBID now and schedule your consult!

Schedule a consult today! e: info@oaklandbid.org  p: 412.683.6243

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Resources For Small Businesses 

Click above to view read about the following topics:

Applying ADA Standards
Resources for Small Business
Tax Incentives
Small Business & ADA Title III Obligations
Maintaining Accessible Features in Retail Establishments
Service Dogs & Business


One Step Project

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The One Step Project developed by Pittsburgh City Planning is a program developed to create accessible entrances for persons with disabilities. Click HERE for more information.

 


 IRS Barrier Removal Tax Deduction

The Architectural Barrier Removal Tax Deduction encourages businesses of any size to remove architectural and transportation barriers to the mobility of persons with disabilities and the elderly. Businesses may claim a deduction of up to $15,000 a year for qualified expenses for items that normally must be capitalized. Click HERE for more information.

 


Is Your Website Accessible?

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WebAIM offers complete web accessibility services. Regardless of the type or size of your web site, WebAIM can help ensure that your site is accessible and usable to those with disabilities.

 


STOPGAP Foundation

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Build a custom ramp for your retail, residential, institutional, or commercial location! We have built ramps to suit many different stepped entrances including single and multi-stepped entryways.

 


Residential Visitability Design Tax Credit Program

Make your home more visitAble! With the help of a property tax credit of up to $2,500, Allegheny County property owners can more easily open their homes to friends and family members who:

  • have physical disabilities
  • use wheelchairs or walkers
  • are pushing strollers
  • want to stay in their homes as they age

Click HERE for more information or contact:

Richard Meritzer
City of Pittsburgh ADA Coordinator
412.255.2102
richard.meritzer@pittsburghpa.gov

 


The Americans with Disabilities Act

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a comprehensive federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination in all aspects of life on the basis of disability and protects the rights of everyone—on the street, in public places and at work. Having reached its 25th anniversary, the Oakland Business Improvement District has committed itself to raising awareness throughout the community on the importance of accessibility, and how we can transform Oakland into a model community for the nation to follow.