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Technical workshop addresses accessibility

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by Krystal Paco

Guam - Calling all architects, engineers, contractors, and building developers a technical workshop on accessible parking and beyond the accessible route with a focus on the ADA Accessibility Standards of 2010 is set for this week.

Department of Integrated Services for Individuals with Disabilities director Ben Servino says the workshop features an official from the U.S. Access Board who will also be taken around the island to take pictures and help bring Guam into compliance.

"They're not necessarily expensive to do. It's a matter of posting up signs like these and we've offered brochures, a lot of educational brochures to a lot of the businesses that talks about the minimum percentages of parking spaces accessible parking spaces that are required - usually the ratio is like 1-25. For every 25 parking spaces you must have at least one. And one of those parking spaces must be van accessible parking," he said.

The workshop is slated for Tuesday with a repeat training on Wednesday at the Guam Marriott Resort and Spa.

There is no cost to register but seating is limited. Call DISID at 475-4646 for more information.

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