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    Most haunted houses I checked with are not handicap assessible due to various reasons. Although I would love to be able to make this happen for our guests our building size limits us, so is their certain laws that exempt haunted attrations from having to be hanicap assessible? If so where can I find these. A few people told me this past week that if your offering a service to the general public your building has to be assessible to handicap people.

    thoughts and input would be appreciated!

    thanks

    Sean
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    General rules of thumb:

    1) All passageways should be 48" wide, at minimum.
    2) No stairs. ADA ramps should be used instead, with 1" of rise for every 12" of travel.
    3) If an effect requires a tight space (such as the "Claustrophobia" hallway), make sure there is an alternate passageway for wheelchairs.
    4) Ceilings should be no less than 8', and if there is a "doorway", it should be 7'6" minimum.

    It really doesn't take much work to be accessible. There's not many good reasons not to be. Hell, half the rules above are building code for occupancy greater than 50 people.

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    Hey Sean,

    I did a simple internet search and found a site for the disability act.
    http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/smbustxt.htm Go to page 10 and they talk about passageways.

    Last year I checked with the local handicap assn and they said, all my aises had to be was 36" as most chairs are about 30 wide.
    Last year I made almost all my width 48" per industry standards however I did make a few 40" for artistic purposes. I had 2 people go through with chairs and one with a scooter. I followed each one and went out of my way to be their personal escort explaining to all of them I wanted them to be able to enjoy their visit and be there if there were any problems. Each one had no problem navigating their way. I also had one person email me thanking me for the fact that I made my haunt accesible for them as they were HUGE haunt fans before some ahole broadsided thier car crippling them for life. They also thanked me for personally meeting them and going out of my way to make them feel like a guest. This year I think each passageway will be 48 as it seems just esier to do it that way....

    Hope that helps. Ron
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    thanks for the info guys. It seems like it just may be possible to redesign a few of our areas to make it wheel chair assessable. If anyone else has imput or comments let me know.
    Sean
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    Actually, before my Dad died last year I had thought about borrowing his wheelchair for an afternoon and talking it through the haunt to make sure all my halls would work.
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    nice topic maniac,i thought 36 inches was standard.i learned something.oh and pm me your addy,your prop came yesterday
     

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    At one of the first haunts I ever did a young girl in a wheel chair showed up. She asked if she could make it through. This was before I knew better, and I wasnít 100% sure she could make it through. We were really busy that night, so I told her if she came back at the beginning of the next night that I would personally take her through for free. I knew that I could navigate her around any obstacles. Unfortunately, she never came back, and I felt horrible that I couldnít just send her through we she was threre. Now, I make sure anyone in a wheel chair can go through. If there is a room or effect that excludes the use of wheel chairs we always have a way around. Regardless of what the codes and laws are, it is just the right thing to do, and it isnít that difficult to achieve.

    Louis Brown
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    Besides the 36" aisle width (and turning radius of a chair in an emergency) we need MAXIMUM of 36" counter height, handicap parking and toilets. Don't forget that ADA is not just wheelchairs, but sight impaired and a whole litany of other impairments, hence strobe horns and, and, and...
     

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    MY haunt the USS Nightmare is hadicap accessable for 1/2 of the way through.
     

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    lol, sight impared. You just reminded me that I had a blind person go through the haunt last year. All I kept thinking was WHY!!!
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