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Update from the Rocky Mountain ADA Center - New regulations approved!!

After years of struggle, the ADA has finally been amended to improve access at recreational facilities across the country, including golf, playgrounds, amusement rides and more.   In addition we're especially excited about the addition of concert ticketing fraud prevention, see "ticketing" below.
Where I see this cracking down immediately is at Red Rocks Ampitheater!! 

Learn your rights and start enforcing them!   This JUST in from the Rocky Mountain ADA Center:  

1.       Revised
Regulations Implementing Title II and Title III

On Friday, July 23, 2010, Attorney General Eric Holder signed final regulations revising the Department’s
regulations, including its ADA Standards for Accessible Design.   The Department has prepared f
act sheets identifying the major changes in the rules at   

Among the changes that will affect both rules are:

Adoption of the Revised Design Standards – New
accessible design standards are established for a variety of recreational f
acilities, including swimming pools, playgrounds, golf courses, amusement rides, recreational boating f
acilities, exercise m
achines and equipment, miniature golf courses and fishing piers; as well as for such public f
acilities as courthouses, jails and prisons.

Element by Element Safe Harbor – The department is mitigating the cost of design changes by adopting a “safe harbor” under which existing building elements that already comply with the 1991 ADA Standards for Accessible Design would not be required to be brought into compliance with the 2010 Standards until the elements were subject to a planned alteration.

Ticketing – The department has added provisions that provide guidance on the sale of tickets for
accessible seating, the sale of season tickets, the secondary ticket market, the hold and release of
accessible seating to persons other than those who need
accessible seating, ticket pricing, prevention of the fraudulent purchase of
accessible seating and the ability to purchase multiple tickets when buying
accessible seating.

Service Animals – The regulations define “service animal” as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for benefit of an individual with a disability. 

Wheelchairs and Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices – The amended rules provide a two-tiered appro
ach under which wheelchairs and scooters must be permitted in all areas open to pedestrian use.

Timeshares – The Title III regulation also makes clear that timeshare and condominium properties that operate like hotels are subject to title III, providing guidance about the f
actors that must be present for a f
acility that is not an inn, motel, or hotel to qualify as a pl
ace of lodging.

 Reservations at pl
aces of lodging
– The Title III regulation includes provisions for reservations made by pl
aces of lodging, including requirements for procedures that will allow individuals with disabilities to make reservations for
accessible guest rooms during the same hours and in the same manner as other guests. 


2.      The Justice Department (DOJ) has published four new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) proposals.

These advance notices of proposed rulemakings, published in the Federal Register on July 26, 2010, address the accessibility of websites, the provision of captioning and video description in movies shown in theaters, accessible equipment and furniture, and the ability of 9-1-1 centers to take text and video calls from individuals with disabilities. The Department invites written comments from members of the public. Written comments must be postmarked and electronic comments must be submitted on or before January 24, 2011. In a speech at the Department of Justice's ADA 20th Anniversary Commemoration, Attorney General Eric Holder also announced that as part of DOJ's new Diversity Management Plan, there will soon be a new position filled called Special Assistant for Disability Resources.


  • Denvernative 4 years ago

    The ADA requirements are daunting. I'm trying to find out if a condo built in 2006 should have installed motorized entry doors in the garage and main entry? Can anyone please help lead me to the citation in the ADA mound of documents that addresses that?
    Thank you in advance. Hope this is not an inappropriate place to post this request for help.

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