Here is the breakdown of how ADA.Gov compliance for your point of sale checkout mounting works and why it is the way it is.
The U.S. Access Board has created the entire ADA.Gov compliance regulations etc. The DOJ Civil Rights Division adopts the regulations for compliance enforcement. ( see this as a positive ).
When the Amercians with Disabilities Act (ADA) was originally drafted back in 1990 and President bush signed the Americans with Disabilities act, most all of it was adopted in the ADA.Gov 2010 update. (carried over).
The ADA is comprised of so many things it is very difficult to know the exacts of what is in the regulations, yet all businesses have to abide by them…but for good reasons, not negatives.
In 1990, the formation of the ADA had written about Card Readers and Key-Pads which is the very hardware that makes a Credit Card terminal function and also covers EMV (insert) card readers too.
Gasoline/Fuel Pumps, ATM’s, Self-Checkout and Kiosks that have Card Reader and Key-Pad hardware are also under the ADA regulations for compliance.
There are what is called “elements” by the ADA.Gov and as explained above, the card reader and key-pad hardware are “elements”.
The ADA requires that individuals with disabilities have fully and independently accessibility and especially when it comes to shopping both online and in-store.
Q: So why the handle of the POS Stand?
A: The U-Shape-loop-handle-lever is called out in the ADA.Gov 309.4 also known as “operable parts”. The operable parts are like extensions for fixed objects. In this case, the fixed POS terminal to its mount.
What we have created in a POS Terminal mount that will release the POS terminal and uses the only allowable “operable part” that requires no pinching, twisting or grasping. With release and the U-shape handle combined now makes a card reader mount/stand ADA.Gov compliant.
As shown in the above picture, you can clearly see that the person in the wheelchair cannot access and interact with the POS Terminal even though it is within the ADA.Gov “Reach/Range” requirements. The reach/range requirements do not always mean a business is compliant. That is a myth as illustrated.
This is where (release with the u-shape) handle combination kicks in. The person in this picture appears to need to get the POS Terminal in an accessible position and that would be in getting it onto the lap.
The person can then fully and easily interact with the device for an easy checkout experience.
Interactions for both ease of use, Federal and State regulation compliance, Privacy laws/issues (included PIN-entry), visual and dexterity interaction. Again, regardless of reach/range requirements.