Announcement Regarding Americans with Disabilities Act and Design Standards

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that all of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design became effective on March 15 with one exception.  DOJ has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (the details had not been published in the Federal Register at the time of this Capitol Insider) asking for comments about extending the timeline for compliance with the portion of the standards that pertain to existing swimming pools. The Administration indicated that there were “misunderstandings” by the hotel and lodging industry about the portion of the standards dealing with swimming pools, lifts, and access.  The standards are part of the revised regulations for Title II and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).  The new standards will make buildings and facilities accessible to more than 54 million Americans with disabilities.  The accessibility requirements apply to many kinds of facilities, including sports stadiums, court rooms, amusement rides, and play areas.

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