Non-profit calling for better compliance on ADA requirements in Pikes Peak region

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A non-profit who advocate for people with disabilities says local businesses fall woefully short of ADA compliance.

The Independence Center says that in the more than two months that they've been inspecting parking lots in the Pikes Peak region, they are finding that few meet the design requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Independence Center says part of the problem is that building inspectors don't inspect the entire parking lot, and are calling for more inspections dedicated to ADA compliance. The center says that currently, the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department does not inspect beyond 5 feet of the building entrance -- leaving many problem areas overlooked.

“Parking lots are a gateway to economic and civic activity in our community and the lack of accessible parking lots denies access to individual with disabilities," said The Independence Center's CEO in a statement.

The non-profit says another problem is local governments are not enforcing the law, and this negligence is seen throughout Colorado Springs, Pueblo and surrounding smaller towns.

Colorado Springs has recently announced the city plans to hire five new ADA-related positions, which The Independence Center says it hopes will lead to a pivot on the way ADA issues have been handled.

"Now is the time to begin enforcing this important law," the center said in the statement. "Education on ADA requirements is also an important consideration and The Independence Center is prepared to provide training for business owners, building managers, and parking lot construction companies, on the specific requirements of the ADA."