What are ADA Appliances?


April 29, 2024

ADA Appliances

ADA appliances, or appliances that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design, are designed to be easier, safer, and more comfortable for people with disabilities or limited mobility. 

ADA compliant appliances must be operable with one hand without requiring tight grasping or twisting of the wrist, and buttons must be within reach.

Some examples of ADA compliant appliances include:

Refrigerators – Controls are within arm’s reach and can be operated with one hand.

Dishwashers – Controls can be operated with one hand and require no more than five pounds of pressure.

Ranges – Controls are located in the front and can be accessed without reaching across hot burners.

Cooktops – Controls are located in the front and include a hot-surface indicator and control-lock capability.

Wall Ovens – Controls and operating mechanisms are operable with one hand and don’t require tight grasping, pinching, or twisting of the wrist.

Washers & Dryers – Washers and dryers should be front loading. 

Some brands that offer ADA compliant appliances include: GE, Maytag, American Standard, and Bosch.

How do you know if a product is ADA compliant?

You can check if a product is ADA compliant by looking for the ADA Seal of Acceptance logo on the product packaging. The seal statement on the packaging allows consumers to review product attributes that are accepted by the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs.

You can also check if a product has been certified through the Corada Product Certification program. Each certified product has a unique, 9-digit number on its packaging and literature that allows potential customers to verify the ongoing certification of products.

Source: Paula Hill, Staff Writer, FamilyCaregiversOnline.net

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