The first major set of revisions to the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG), in almost 20 years is soon to go into effect. The revised 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design (signed into law September 15, 2010) will take effect March 15, 2011. Compliance will be required within 18 months for new construction and alterations (and barrier removal).
As you might imagine, they are no less confusing and complicated as the older version, and take into account results of various legal proceedings stemming from enforcement of the previous standards since they were established. Property Owners, tenants, and even property managers are possibly affected to an even higher degree in this version. Although, there are also certain “grandfathering” provisions included.
The Department of Justice is to enforce compliance through audits, compliance programs and, perhaps, lawsuits (basically same as before).
The Standards affect many U.S. businesses such as: shopping centers, retail establishments, hotels, financial institutions, health clubs, restaurants and other properties which can be classified as public accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). And possibly, more private business establishments.
You can read the new Standards, Guidelines for Compliance, and considerably much more information at the following link:
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