Appendix 1

Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens

Findings and Remedial Measures

Main Entrance

Subject

Item

Findings

Citation[1]

Remedial Measures

The Texas Gate

1

The primary route to the Texas Gate from the public street and sidewalks, the public transportation stop, and the passenger loading zone is inaccessible. This route includes three public walks that start at the traffic circle and converge on the Texas Gate. Each of these walks has portions with slopes greater than 5% (1:20) that constitute ramps. Each walk has locations that exceed the maximum allowable slope of 8.33% (1:12) for a ramp and lack handrails and an intermediate level landing.

§§ 4.1.2(1), 4.3.2(1), 4.3.7, 4.8.1, 4.8.2, Fig. 16, 4.8.4, 4.8.5, Fig. 17

One walkway (eastern) will be re-graded to include an intermediate level landing and a handrail installed along the length of the walk as reflected in "Sheet 1" of the Mount Vernon ADA plan, dated July 2009, revised March 11, 2010.

Route from Bus Stop

2

An 8-foot portion of the walk from the public bus stop to the Mount Vernon Inn has a slope of up to 8.2% (1:12.2) and constitutes a ramp. This ramp lacks handrails and level landings at the bottom and top.

§§ 4.1.2(1), 4.3.2(1), 4.3.7, 4.8.1, 4.8.2, 4.8.4, 4.8.5

This portion of the walk has been extended and modified to comply with the requirements for an accessible route.

Ford Orientation Center

Subject

Item

Findings

Citation

Remedial Measures

Public Toilet Rooms by Main Entrance

3

Entry Doors: There are changes in level of more than ½ inch with slopes that exceed 8.33% (1:12).

§§ 4.1.3(3), 4.5.2, 4.8.2

The slopes will be modified to 8.33% (1:12).

The General´s Store

4

Sales and Service Counter: The accessible portion of the counter is obstructed by the merchandise and displays.

§§ 36.211, 7.2(1)

The accessible portion of the counter has been cleared of merchandise and displays.

"We Fight to be Free" Orientation Film Theaters

5

There is no notification or signage to the public on the availability of an assistive listening system and how to access the equipment.

§§ 4.1.3(19)(b), 4.30.7,

Fig. 43(d)

Signage including the international symbol of access and how to access the assistive listening system will be provided.

Robert H. and Clarice Smith Theater

6

The width of the designated accessible route behind the first seat and the corner of the half wall is less than the required minimum of 32 inches for an accessible route at a point.

§§ 4.1.3(1), 4.2.1, Fig. 1

A seat has been removed so that the width of the route at the corner of the half wall complies with the requirements for an accessible route.

Public Walks

Subject

Item

Findings

Citation

Remedial Measures

Walk Connecting the Ford Orientation Center to the Historic Area Exit

7

The initial 11-foot portion of the walk (from the trench drain grate toward the historic area exit) has slopes from 6.2% (1:16.1) to 8.3% (1:12) and constitutes a ramp. This ramp lacks handrails.

§§ 4.1.2(2), 4.3.2(2), 4.3.7, 4.8.1, 4.8.5, Fig. 17

Handrails will be installed along this portion of the walk, as reflected in "Sheet 2" of the Mount Vernon ADA plan, dated July 2009, revised April 5, 2010.

8

The upper portion of the walk near the intersection with the walk to the Museum and Education Center has cross slopes exceeding 2% (1:50). Where the walks intersect, the cross slope is 2.9% (1:34.50).

§§ 4.1.2(2), 4.3.2(2), 4.3.7

This portion of the walk will be re-graded so that cross slopes do not exceed 2% (1:50) as reflected in "Sheet 3" of the Mount Vernon ADA plan, dated July 2009, revised March 11, 2010.

Walk Connecting the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and the Historic Area Exit

 

9

The upper segment of the walk from its intersection with walk to Ford Orientation Center: This portion of the walk has slopes ranging from 6% (1:16.7) to 8.3% (1:12). It constitutes a ramp and lacks handrails and level landings.

§§ 4.1.2(2), 4.3.2(2), 4.3.7, 4.8.1, 4.8.4, 4.8.5, Fig. 17

This segment of the walk will be re-graded to include level landings and handrails installed along the ramp portion of the walk as reflected in "Sheet 3" of the Mount Vernon ADA plan, dated July 2009, revised March 11, 2010.

10

Lower Segment of Walk from Shuttle Stop: This portion of the walk has slopes ranging from 5.7% (1:17.5) to 7.1% (1:14.1). It constitutes a ramp and lacks handrails.

§§ 4.1.2(2), 4.3.2(2), 4.3.7, 4.8.1, 4.8.5, Fig. 17

Handrails will be installed along this portion of the walk as reflected in "Sheet 4" of the Mount Vernon ADA plan, dated July 2009, revised March 11, 2010.

11

Drainage Grate at Entrance to Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center: The drainage grate openings are 4 and 3/8; inches in the predominant direction of pedestrian traffic instead of the ½ inch maximum permitted.

§§ 4.1.2(4), 4.5.4, Fig 8(g) and (h)

The drainage grate has been replaced so that grate openings are no more than ½" in width.

Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center

Subject

Item

Findings

Citation

Remedial Measures

Main Building Entrance

12

There is a change in level of more than ½ inch with a slope that exceeds 8.33% (1:12).

§§ 4.1.3(3), 4.5.2, 4.8.2

The slopes will be modified to 8.33% (1:12).

Men´s Public Toilet Room

13

The designated accessible route to the designated accessible toilet stall has a width of 31 and ½ inches between the toilet stall partition and the wall adjacent to the lavatory counter that is less than the required minimum width of 32 inches for an accessible route at a point.

§§ 4.1.3(1), 4.3.2(3), 4.2.1, Fig. 1

The stall partition has been moved so that the width of the route complies with the requirements for an accessible route.

Museum

14

The Introducing "Washington´s World" Gallery: The leading edge of the display case containing the Mantel Garniture set projects 15 ¾ inches from the wall into the circulation path at 31 ¼ inches above the finished floor exceeding the 4 inches maximum permitted.

§§ 4.1.3(2), 4.4.1, Fig. 8(a)

The display case has been adjusted so that the leading edge is below 27 inches above the finished floor.

Education Center – Interactives

 

15

The following exhibit flip book interactive requires tight grasping and pinching to turn the pages.

a) the "Rules of Civility" exhibit flip book interactive in the "Life as a Colonial Officer" Gallery.

b) the "Officers and Gentlemen" exhibit flip book interactive in the "First in War" Gallery.

c) the "Presidential Precedents" exhibit flip book interactive in the "The People´s President" Gallery.

 

§§ 4.1.3(13), 4.27.4

Within thirty-six months of the effective date of this Settlement Agreement the flip book interactive will be replaced so tight grasping and pinching will not be required to turn the pages.

 

 

16

The following circular interactives require tight grasping, pinching, and twisting of the wrist to turn the disk.

a) The "Think About It" interactive in the "First in War" Gallery.

b) The "Think About It" interactive in the "Private Citizen" Gallery.

§§ 4.1.3(13), 4.27.4

The interactives have been lubricated and will be maintained so that no tight grasping, pinching, and twisting of the wrist is required to turn the disk.

17

The "Life as a Landowner, Businessman, and Farmer" Gallery: The handle of "What is that Smell" barrel requires tight grasping and pinching to remove the lid and smell the scent.

§§ 4.1.3(13), 4.27.4

The handle has been removed.

18

"The Dilemma of Slavery" Gallery: The accessible route to the video exhibit is obstructed by movable benches.

§§ 36.211, 36.302, 4.3.3

The benches have been moved and do not obstruct the accessible route. The MVLA staff will monitor placement of the benches regularly.

19

"The People´s President" Gallery: The uppermost slide-up panel flange on the "Government Facts" interactive is at 58 and ¾ inches above the finished floor and is above the 54 inches maximum required for a side reach.

§§ 4.1.3(13), 4.27.3, 4.2.6,
Fig. 6(b)

The interactive has been lowered so that the height of uppermost slide-up panel flange complies with the height requirements.

Education Center – Protruding Objects

 

20

The Melody Sawyer Richardson ("Romance") Theater: The leading edges of the sconces project 8 inches from the wall into the circulation path at 70 inches above the finished floor exceeding the 4 inches maximum permitted.

§§ 4.1.3(2), 4.4.1, Fig. 8(a)

The sconces have been relocated so that the leading edges are at or more than 80 inches above the finished floor.

21

The Elizabeth and David Bruce Smith ("Revolutionary War") Theater entrance: The stanchions have a strip that is 35 and ¼ inches above the finished floor, with one section spanning a distance of 54 inches, making it a free-standing, overhanging protruding object.

§§ 36.211, 4.4.1,
Fig. 8(c)

The stanchions have been replaced.

22

The "Food Rations for a Day" Exhibit: The leading edge of the shelf displaying the exhibit projects 12 and ½ inches from the wall into the circulation path at 34 and ¾ inches above the finished floor exceeding the 4 inch maximum permitted.

§§ 4.1.3(2), 4.4.1, Fig. 8(a)

A cane detectable skirt with a leading edge at or below 27 inches above the finished floor has been installed around the exhibit.

The Shops, Food Court, and the Mount Vernon Inn

Subject

Item

Findings

Citation

Remedial Measures

Hallway to the Public Toilet Rooms

23

Ramped Portion of Hallway to Public Toilet Rooms: The 8-foot and 3 inch portion of the hallway that slopes up to 6.5% (1:15.38) constitutes a ramp and lacks handrails.

§§ 4.1.3(1), 4.3.2(3), 4.3.7, 4.8.1, 4.8.5, Fig. 17

Handrails will be installed on the ramp portion of the hallway.

24

"Hi-Lo" Drinking Fountain: The clear knee height beneath the "lo" spout and basin of the wall-mounted cantilevered drinking fountain unit is 25 inches instead of the required 27 inches.

§§ 4.1.3(11), 4.15.5(1),
Fig. 27(a)

The fountain has been raised to provide a minimum knee clearance of 27 inches.

Women´s Public Toilet Room

25

Toilet Entry Door: The minimum width for maneuvering clearance at the door with a closer is not provided on the pull side for a latch side approach (45 inches of clearance is provided between the door and the opposing wall).

§§ 4.1.3(7)(b), 4.13.6,
Fig. 25(c)

Provide signage at the Women´s and Men´s Public Toilet Room entrances to indicate the location of the accessible unisex public toilet room in the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant.

26

Designated Accessible Standard Toilet Stall: The coat hook on the stall door is located above the maximum height of 54 inches required for a side reach (the hook is mounted at 57 inches above the finished floor).

§§ 4.1.3(11), 4.22.7, 4.27.3, 4.2.6, Fig. 6(b)

A coat hook at an accessible height has been installed.

Men´s Public Toilet Room

27

Toilet Entry Door: A 14 and ½ inch clearance is provided between the latch side of the entry door and the adjacent side wall instead of the required 18 inches minimum.

§§ 4.1.3(7)(b), 4.13.6,
Fig. 25(a)

Provide signage at the Women´s and Men´s Public Toilet Room entrances to indicate the location of the accessible unisex public toilet room in the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant.

The Shops at Mount Vernon

28

East Side of Main Hallway: Both ramps into the shops have noncompliant features:

a) the landing at the top of the main entry ramp is less than the required 60 inches length (31 inches clear to the opposing counter); and

b) the side entry ramp lacks edge protection along the lower portion of the slope.

§§ 4.1.3(1), 4.3.2(3), 4.3.7, 4.8.1, 4.8.4, 4.8.7, Fig. 17

Edge protection has been installed to the side entry ramp.

Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant - Unisex Public Toilet Room

29

Signage: The only toilet room sign is on the face of the entry door. No room sign is provided on the wall adjacent to the latch side of the door.

§§ 4.1.3(16)(a), 4.30.6

An accessible toilet room sign has been placed on the wall adjacent to the latch side of the door.

30

Entry Door: The entry door lock requires tight grasping, tight pinching, and twisting of the wrist to operate.

§§ 4.1.3(7)(b), 4.13.9

A door latch that does not require tight grasping, pinching, and twisting of the wrist to operate has been installed.

31

Entry Door: The trash can obstructs the maneuvering clearance on the pull side of the entry door.

§§ 36.211, 4.13.6,
Fig. 25(a)

The trash can has been relocated.

32

Toilet: The flush valve control is not located on the wide side of the toilet area.

§§ 4.1.3(11), 4.22.4, 4.16.5

The toilet tank has been replaced and the flush valve control is located on the wide side of the toilet area.

33

Toilet: There is a 36-inch long grab bar on the side wall instead of 42 inches long minimum grab bar.

§§ 4.1.3(11), 4.22.4, 4.16.4, Fig. 29(b)

The 36-inch long grab bar has been replaced with a 42-inch long bar.

34

Toilet: The toilet paper dispenser is mounted above the side wall grab bar, obstructing use of the bar. No toilet paper dispenser is located below the grab bar.

§§ 4.1.3(11), 4.22.4, 4.17.6, Fig. 30(d), 4.26.2,
Fig. 39(d)

The toilet paper dispensers no longer obstruct the use of the grab bars. A toilet paper dispenser has been located below the grab bar.

35

Lavatory: Exposed sharp edges of the counter top paper towel dispensers project into the knee space beneath the lavatory.

§§ 4.1.3(11), 4.22.6, 4.19.4

The counter top paper towel dispensers without exposed sharp edges that project into the required knee space beneath the lavatory have been installed.

Primary Exterior Entrance to the Shops, Food Court, and Mount Vernon Inn

36

Entry Doors:

a) The threshold on the exterior side of the entrance is 7/8 inches above the exterior landing and exceeds the ½ inch maximum height.

b) The maneuvering clearance at the exterior of the entrance doors is not level. The exterior landing has a running slope of up to 6.8% (1:14.7).

§§ 4.1.3(7) (a), 4.13.8
§§ 4.1.3(7)(a), 4.13.6

The exterior landing has been raised and re-graded to comply with the requirements.

37

Walkway Beneath Entrance Canopy:

a) The walkway has slopes of up to 7.9% (1:12.6) for a length of 10 feet and 6 inches and constitutes a ramp that lacks handrails.

b) The walkway has cross slopes of up to 3.5% (1:28.5) exceeding the maximum of 2% (1:50) allowed.

c) Walkway beneath the entrance canopy: There is no 60-inch level landing at the top of the walkway. The walkway slopes up to the entrance doors

§§ 4.1.3(1), 4.3.2(3), 4.3.7, 4.8.1, 4.8.5, Fig. 17
§§ 4.1.3(1), 4.3.2(3), 4.3.7, 4.8.1, 4.8.6

§§ 4.1.3(1), 4.3.2(3), 4.3.7, 4.8.1, 4.8.4

The walkway has been re-graded so that its slope is no more than 5% (1:20), no cross slopes exceed 2% (1:50), and a 60-inch level landing is provided.

The Mansion

Subject

Item

Findings

Citation

Remedial Measures

The Public Walk to the Mansion

38

The public walk connecting the Historic Area Exit to the Mansion´s tour entrance at the Servants´ Hall does not have a stable, firm, and slip-resistant surface. All visitors are required to use this unpaved road as the route.

§§ 4.1.2(1), 4.1.2(2), 4.1.2(4), 4.3.2(1), 4.3.2(2), 4.3.6, 4.5.1

A new brick walk with a stable, firm, and slip-resistant surface, with well-maintained unpaved intersections connecting the Historic Area Exit to the Mansion´s tour entrance at the Servants´ Hall will be installed as reflected in "Sheet 5" of the Mount Vernon ADA plan, dated April 2010.

Servants´ Hall Entrance - Ramp

 

39

The edge of the mat on the ramp constitutes a vertical level change of a ½ inch.

§§ 36.211, 4.3.8, 4.5.2

A mat with an edge that complies with the applicable dimension has been installed.

40

The curbs along the edges of the ramp to the entry door are less than the minimum allowable of 2 inches high at the drop-offs. The curbs average a height of 1 inch.

§§ 4.1.7(1)(a), 4.1.7(3)(a), 4.3.7, 4.8.1, 4.8.7, Fig. 17

The adjacent grade will be raised to eliminate drop-offs.

41

The wooden section of the ramp between the brick surface and door threshold has a 22% (1:4.5) slope that exceeds the maximum allowable slope of 8.33% (1:12) and a vertical level change of 1 and ¼ inches that exceeds the ¼ inch maximum permitted.

§§ 4.1.7(1)(a), 4.1.7(3)(a), 4.3.7, 4.8.1, 4.8.2

The brick surface of the ramp will be re-graded and a new wooden section installed to achieve the shallowest slope possible and without any vertical level changes greater than a ¼" while maintaining the historic significance of the entrance. The MVLA will continue to provide a staff member to assist visitors who request such assistance.

The Doorway to the Dining Room

42

The edge of the mat on the porch constitutes a vertical level change of ½ an inch and exceeds the ¼ inch maximum permitted for a vertical height change.

§§ 36.211, 4.3.8, 4.5.2

A mat with an edge that complies with the applicable dimension has been installed.

43

The wooden transition from the porch to the door threshold has a 37.1% (1:2.7) slope that exceeds the maximum slope of 8.33% (1:12) permitted for a ramp.

§§ 4.1.7(1)(a), 4.1.7(3)(d), 4.3.7, 4.8.1, 4.8.2

The existing wooden transition will be replaced and the threshold modified to achieve the shallowest slope possible while maintaining the historic significance of the doorway. The MVLA will continue to provide a staff member to assist visitors who request such assistance.

Piazza

44

All three doorways are more than a ½ inch maximum above the piazza (2 and 3/8; inches to 3 and ½ inches) and incorporate bevels that exceed the maximum allowable slope of 8.33% (1:12) for level changes greater than a ½ inch.

§§ 4.1.7(1)(a), 4.1.7(3)(d), 4.3.7, 4.8.1, 4.8.2

The thresholds will be modified to incorporate bevels that achieve the shallowest slopes possible while maintaining the historic significance of the doorways and piazza. The MVLA will continue to provide a staff member to assist visitors who request such assistance.

The Doorway from the Study to the Colonnade

45

The wooden transition from the porch to the door threshold has a 32.4% (1:3.08) slope that exceeds the maximum slope of 8.33% (1:12) permitted for a ramp.

§§ 4.1.7(1)(a), 4.1.7(3)(d), 4.3.7, 4.8.1, 4.8.2

The existing wooden transition will be replaced and the threshold modified to achieve the shallowest slope possible while maintaining the historic significance of the doorway. The MVLA will continue to provide a staff member to assist visitors who request such assistance.

The Doorway to the Kitchen

46

The door threshold height on the interior side of the entrance is 1 and 3/8; inches and exceeds the maximum height of ¾ inch permitted for an existing threshold with a beveled edge on each side.

§§ 4.1.3(7)(c), 4.1.6(3)(d)(ii)

The threshold height on the interior side of the entrance has been modified and is no more than ¾ of an inch in height.

The Mansion Tour Exit from the Kitchen - Ramp

47

The wooden section of the ramp from the door threshold to the brick walk has a 43.8% (1:2.28) slope that exceeds the maximum allowable slope of 8.33% (1:12).

§§ 4.1.7(1)(a), 4.1.7(3)(d), 4.3.7, 4.8.1, 4.8.2

The brick surface of the ramp will be re-graded and a new wooden section installed to achieve the shallowest slope possible while maintaining the historic significance of the tour exit. The MVLA will continue to provide a staff member to assist visitors who request such assistance.

48

The brick portion of the ramp has an 11.9% (1:8.4) slope that exceeds the maximum allowable slope of 8.33% (1:12).

§§ 4.1.7(1)(a), 4.1.7(3)(d), 4.3.7, 4.8.1, 4.8.2

The brick surface of the ramp will be re-graded to achieve the shallowest slope possible while maintaining the historic significance of the tour exit.

49

The lower portion of the ramp has cross slopes up to 4.2% (1:23.8) that exceed the maximum allowable slope of 2% (1:50).

§§ 4.1.7(1)(a), 4.1.7(3)(d), 4.3.7, 4.8.1, 4.8.6

The pavers on the lower portion of the ramp have been re-laid so that cross slopes do not exceed 2% (1:50).

50

The landing at the bottom of the ramp is 38 inches long and less than the required length of 60 inches.

§§ 4.1.7(1)(a), 4.1.7(3)(d), 4.3.7, 4.8.1, 4.8.4

A flush transition will be provided between the ramp and the surface of the Mansion Circle to expand the landing length to 60 inches.

General Site Wide Issues

Subject

Item

Findings

Citation

Remedial Measures

Doors

51

The following doors require more than the maximum allowable of 5 lbf to open:

Ford Orientation Center:

a) both entry doors to the women´s toilet room by the main entrance;

b) the entry door to the men´s toilet room by the main entrance;

c) both entry doors to the women´s toilet room by the side exit;

d) the entry door to the men´s toilet room by the side exit;

e) the interior door of the side exit vestibule;

f) the exit door from the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Theater; and

g) the exit door from the Edward P. Eagles Theater.

Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center:

h) the entry doors to the public toilet rooms;

i) the exit doors at the Gay Hart Gaines Legacy Theater; and

j) the two doors in a series leading to the "Hands-on-History" room.

The Shops, Food Court, and Mount Vernon Inn:

k) the entry doors to the Robert and Clarice Smith Auditorium

l) the entry doors to the public toilet rooms;

m) the entry door to the public unisex toilet room in the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant; and

n) the interior doors of the main entrance/exit vestibule to the building.

§§ 4.1.3(7) (b), 4.13.11(2) (b)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

§ 4.1.3(7) (a), 4.13.11(2) (b)

The doors have been adjusted so that no more than 5 lbf is required to open; or push-button door controls have been installed to engage the power operators without having to push the doors.

Public Toilet Rooms

 

52

The following items are mounted between 27 inches and 80 inches above the finished floor with leading edges protruding 7 inches from the walls into the circulation paths exceeding the 4 inches maximum permitted.

Ford Orientation Center and the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center:

a) the hand dryers in all the toilet rooms;

b) the sanitary napkin dispensers in all the women´s toilet rooms; and

Ford Orientation Center:

c) the shelves in all women´s toilet room foyers.

§§ 4.1.3(2), 4.4.1, Fig. 8(a)

The hand dryers and sanitary napkin dispensers have been replaced and no longer protrude, and the shelves have been removed.

53

The baby changing counter tops in all public toilet rooms of the Ford Orientation Center and the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center are mounted at more than the maximum allowable height of 34 inches above the finished floor.

§§ 4.1.3(18), 4.32.4

The baby changing counter tops have been remounted to no more than 34 inches and no less than 28 inches above the finished floor.

54

The following designated accessible standard toilet stalls have toilet paper dispensers that are mounted above the side wall grab bars, obstructing use of these bars. No toilet paper dispensers are located below the grab bars.

Ford Orientation Center:

a) in all the public toilet rooms;

Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center:

b) in all the public toilet rooms; and

The Shops, Food Court, and Mount Vernon Inn:

c) in the men´s and women´s public toilet rooms.

§§ 4.1.3(11), 4.22.4, 4.17.3, 4.17.6,
Fig. 30(d), 4.26.2,
Fig. 39(d)

The toilet paper dispensers have been replaced and no longer obstruct the use of the grab bars. Toilet paper dispensers have been located below the grab bars.

55

The following designated accessible ambulatory toilet stalls have toilet paper dispensers that are mounted above the side wall grab bars, obstructing use of the bars. No toilet paper dispensers are located below the grab bar.

Ford Orientation Center:

a) in the women´s public toilet room by the main entrance; and

Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center:

b) in the women´s public toilet room.

§§ 4.1.3(11), 4.22.4, 4.17.6, Fig. 30(d), 4.26.2,
Fig 39(d)

Toilet paper dispensers have been replaced and no longer obstruct the use of the grab bars. Toilet paper dispensers have been located below the grab bars.

56

The following designated accessible standard toilet stalls have a toilet with a centerline that is more than the required 18 inches from the side wall (with the grab bar).

Ford Orientation Center:

a) in the women´s public toilet room by the main entrance; and

Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center:

b) in the public toilet rooms.

§§ 4.1.3(11), 4.22.4, 4.17.3, Fig. 30(a)

The partitions have been modified so that the toilet centerlines are 18 inches from the side wall.

Auxiliary Aids for People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

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Item

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Citation

Remedial Measures

Estate-wide Audio Tour

57

Audio Tour Scripts: The audio tour allows visitors to select locations to visit in a nonlinear fashion. The audio tour script provided does not give visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing this same option.

§ 36.303

A script of the audio tour in a portable binding with tabs to allow easy, nonlinear access to all tour location segments has been provided.

Education Center Videos

 

58

The Elizabeth and David Bruce Smith ("Revolutionary War") Theater: The video is not captioned. A viewer who is deaf or hard of hearing cannot associate the text in the script provided with the visuals on the screen. The script also includes confusing, extraneous cues ("Load in," "beat," "pause," "battle for 20 seconds").

§ 36.303

Captioning for this video will be provided.

59

The Gay Hart Gaines Legacy Theater: The video is not captioned. A viewer who is deaf or hard of hearing cannot associate the text in the script provided with the visuals on the various screens.

§ 36.303

Captioning for this video will be provided.

Mansion Tour

60

"George Washington´s Mount Vernon Mansion" Brochure: The brochure does not convey the same level of detailed information provided by tour guides/house interpreters and provides no access to question-and-answer interactions between tour guides/house interpreters and visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing.

§ 36.303

In addition to a revised brochure, sign language and oral interpreted tours will be provided with one week advance notice.

Auxiliary Aids for People who are Blind or Have Low Vision

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Remedial Measures

Ford Orientation Center

61

The following auxiliary aids and services are not provided for visitors who are blind or have low vision:

a) There is no audio description of exhibits, objects, audiovisual presentations, and computer interactives;

b) there is no tactile access to the objects, reproductions, or models;

c) there are no alternate formats for exhibit label content; and

d) there are no alternate formats for general public maps and printed materials.

§ 36.303

Accessibility will be provided by:

a) an audio-described tour on a walk-in basis for visitors who are blind or have low vision.

b) The tour will offer tactile access to objects and reproductions that convey the main themes of the Orientation Center, including the Mansion´s structure and rooms, using the model in the Hands-on-History Room. The tour will provide audio description of computer interactives.

c) audio description for the orientation video;

d) alternate formats for exhibit label content and publically available maps and printed materials; and a revised accessible visitor´s map.

Education Center

62

The following auxiliary aids and services are not provided for individuals who are blind or have low vision:

a) there are no alternate formats for the print exhibition labels;

b) there are no alternate formats for printed materials;

c) no objects in exhibitions are audio described or have information about them made available through tactile access;

d) no computer or other interactives have audio description;

e) no audio description is offered in the Hands-On-History room; and

f) no videos shown in theaters or exhibition spaces or that are available in the Teacher Resource Room have audio description.

§ 36.303

Accessibility will be provided by:

a) alternate formats for exhibit label content and publicly available printed materials;

b) an audio-described tour on a walk-in basis. This tour includes all major attractions in the Center and tactile access to objects that cover the major themes of rooms, displays, and exhibitions;

c) audio description of the videos shown in theaters and the exhibition spaces; and

d) audio description of videos and computer interactives in the Teacher Resource Room upon advance request.

The Mansion

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The following auxiliary aids and services are not provided for individuals who are blind or have low vision:

a) there is no audio description of the Mansion's architecture, room layouts, or objects; and

b) there is no tactile access to architectural features or interior objects.

§ 36.303

Accessibility will be provided by an audio-described tour on a walk-in basis with tactile access to objects, architectural features, and reproductions that convey the main themes presented to the public when touring the Mansion.

Modifications in Policies, Practices or Procedures

Subject

Item

Findings

Citation

Remedial Measures

The Education Center

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The "Getting Elected" Gallery: Objects in a recessed wall case are above the viewing range of visitors who use wheelchairs.

§§ 36.201, 36.202, 36.302

A label describing the contents of the case will be located alongside the case within the viewing range of visitors who use wheelchairs.

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George Washington´s Dentures Case: The label is mounted high and flat on the case floor, which is out of viewing range for visitors who use wheelchairs.

§§ 36.201, 36.202, 36.302

A duplicate label on the adjacent wall in a location accessible to visitors who use wheelchairs will be provided.

The Mansion´s Basement, Second, and Third floors

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There are no accessible routes to these areas. A notebook with selected color photocopy images and text descriptions of the 2nd and 3rd floor spaces is provided. The notebook does not reflect the current room arrangements, finishes, and collections and does not include the basement. The notebook does not convey the same information as provided by the guides.

§§ 36.201, 36.202, 36.302

A notebook with up-to-date color images and text of the information will be provided to visitors who cannot walk to the basement, second, and third floors. A reading area will be provided for visitors who use the note book.

[1] Listed items are in newly constructed, in altered, or in historic structures and governed by 28 C.F.R. Part 36 and Appendix A, the Standards for Accessible Design (the "Standards"). The requirements in the Standards for alterations are equivalent to those for new construction except where specific alterations provisions apply. See the Standards §§ 4.1.1(1). Standards for barrier removal in the historic structures are equivalent to new construction except where specific alterations or historic preservation provisions apply. For barrier removal purposes, the Standards, incorporated into the regulations implementing Title III, are used. See 28 C.F.R. §§ 36.304(d), 36.304(g)(2).


 

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