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I'm Steve Schuster, associate editor of Maintenance Solutions magazine. Today's topic is ADA compliance.
Although revised regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) took effect more than one year ago on March 15, 2011, entities covered by the ADA had until March 15, 2012, to comply with the 2010 standards.
The guidelines apply to the activities of more than 80,000 units of state and local government and more than seven million places of public accommodation, including stores, restaurants, shopping malls, libraries, museums, sporting arenas, movie theaters, doctors' and dentists' offices, hotels, jails and prisons, polling places, and emergency-preparedness shelters.
"The new rules usher in a new day for the more than 50 million individuals with disabilities in this country," Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights said in a DOJ press release.
The new ADA rules adopt the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, which have been retooled to be more user friendly for building code officials, builders, and facility managers. The rules have also been harmonized with state and local accessibility codes.
Additional information: www.ada.gov and by viewing several documents, including the ADA Update and ADA 2010 Revised Requirements: Effective Date/Compliance Date, the first of several planned publications aimed at helping managers understand their obligations under the amended Title II and Title III regulations. 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.