A Comparative Analysis of Two Restaurants and Their Compliance Levels to the Americans with Disabilities Act

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The purpose of this essay is to compare two separate restaurants and their compliance levels to the American with Disabilities Act. The data to be compared was gathered on two field trips to these dining establishments. During these field trips I conducted an ADA inspection guided by the Disability Law Center's ADA checklist for restaurants and cafeterias. In this essay I will compare the restaurants using the subdivisions provided by the ADA checklist. The two restaurants will be compared in the following areas: parking and drop off areas, route of travel, ramps, entrance, seats tables and counters, getting to the restroom, doorways and passages, stalls, lavatories, drinking fountains and telephones. Before the comparison, it is important to have a general understanding and purpose of this exercise. The ADA is quite controversial in some aspects and deserves some scrutiny and scholastic attention. The purpose of the ADA according to its governing body, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) proclaimed that " physical or mental disabilities in no way diminish a person's right to fully participate in all aspects of society, yet many people with physical or mental disabilities have been precluded from doing so because of discrimination; others who have a record of a disability or are regarded as having a disability also have been subjected to discrimination." Unfortunately there is much grey area in this terminology. As a result, many detractors have found
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