Justice Department’s New ADA Rules Went Into Effect on March 15, 2011

Mar 18, 2011
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In the first major update on accessibility in 20 years, the Revised Regulations for implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) took effect on March 15, 2011.

How will this affect you?

The regulations apply to the activities of more than 80,000 state and local government agencies and offices, and more than seven million places of public accommodation, including stores, restaurants, shopping malls, libraries, museums, sporting arenas, fitness centers, parks, movie theaters, doctors’ and dentists’ offices, hotels, jails and prisons, polling places, and emergency preparedness shelters.   The rules will expand accessibility in a number of areas and, for the first time, provide detailed guidance on how to make recreation facilities, including parks and swimming pools, accessible.

The new ADA regulations were signed by Attorney General Eric Holder on July 23, 2010, and the official text was published in the Federal Register on September 15, 2010.

To help the people responsible for making accessibility updates and changes in their offices and businesses,  the department is also releasing a new document, “ADA Update: A Primer for Small Business.” This document will assist small businesses  in understanding the new and updated accessibility requirements which is available on the department’s ADA website, www.ada.gov.

The new ADA 2010 Standards contain many new or expanded provisions on general nondiscrimination policies, including the use of service animals, the use of wheelchairs and other power-driven mobility devices, selling tickets for wheelchair-accessible seating at sports and performance venues, reserving and guaranteeing accessible rooms at hotels, providing interpreter services through video conferencing, and the effect of the new regulations on existing facilities.

Individual print copies of the Effective Date/Compliance Date publication can be ordered from the ADA Information Line (800-514-0301 voice or 800-514-0383 TTY).

For more information about the ADA call the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division toll-free ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 or 800-514-0383 (TTY), or access the department’s ADA website at www.ada.gov.

Author: Tanya