California Wheelchair User Rights

Users of Wheelchairs Have Rights Under Both Federal and California Law

These laws have been implemented primarily to ensure that wheelchair users have access to places of public accommodation, and public facilities. 

Public accommodation places, for example, include:  

  • Clothing Stores 
  • Dry Cleaners 
  • Entertainment Venues 
  • Gyms 
  • Liquor Stores 
  • Patient Care Facilities 
  • Religious Facilities 
  • Restaurants 
  • Retail Facilities 
  • Supermarkets 
  • Theaters 
  • And many more 

Public facilities, for example, include: 

  • Government Buildings 
  • Courthouses 
  • Sidewalks
  • Government Sponsored Programs 

The phrase “access to places of public accommodation and public facilities” means that these places must be designed and constructed in a manner so that wheelchair users do not encounter physical barriers when attempting to visit one of these places. 

Physical barriers can exist with respect to, among many other things, parking, ramps and curb ramps, walkways and sidewalks, entrances and exits, doors and doorways, clear floor or ground space, floor levels and surfaces, and bathrooms facilities. 


Speak with a California Disability Discrimination Attorney

If you have a question about your rights, please do not hesitate to ask. You have the right to force facilities to provide access as required by law and you are entitled to damages if the facility does not meet those requirements.

The Center for Disability Access will not charge you for its legal services provided unless your case is won.

Call (800) 383-7027 or email us to schedule a free, confidential consultation.