Revised Accessible Design Standards Take Effect
Beginning on March 15, 2012, entities must comply with the revised design standards adopted in the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design that were announced by the Department of Justice in the Federal Register on September 15, 2010.
The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) requires the Department of Justice (DOJ) to publish ADA design standards that are consistent with the guidelines published by the U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board). The Access Board adopted these revisions or changes in a series of rules that addressed recreation facilities, play areas, and certain State and local government facilities.
In particular, changes affecting recreation facilities include amusement rides, recreational boating facilities, exercise machines, fishing piers and platforms, golf facilities, miniature golf, play areas, and swimming pools, saunas and steam rooms. Changes to public facilities guidelines apply to detention and correctional facilities, judicial facilities, and public housing units. Others include changes to the 1991 Standards for direct access entrances from parking structures, location accessible routes, assembly areas, and others. DOJ has summarized these changes in a separate, more readable document, Adoption of the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design Fact Sheet.
The 2010 Standards set minimum requirements - both scoping and technical -- for newly designed and constructed or altered State and local government facilities, public accommodations, and commercial facilities to be readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities. If the start date for construction is on or after March 15, 2012, all newly constructed or altered State and local government facilities must comply with the 2010 Standards. However, compliance with ADA Standards for Accessible Design as it relates to swimming pools, wading pools, and spas has been extended for a period of 60-days to May 15th.
Landscape architects and LA firms are encouraged to review these revised standards. For information about the ADA, including the revised 2010 ADA regulations, please visit the Department of Justice's website http://capwiz.com/asla/utr/1/OSYTRNLNTF/GJISRNNHIY/8082948831; or, for answers to specific questions, call the toll-free ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 (Voice) or 800-514-0383 (TTY). In addition the Access Board offers in person, and web based, compliance trainings. Click HERE
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