The Department has assembled this official online version of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design (2010 Standards) to bring together the information in one easy-to-access location.  It provides the scoping and technical requirements for new construction and alterations resulting from the adoption of revised 2010 Standards in the final rules for Title II (28 CFR part 35) and Title III (28 CFR part 36).


AH&LA ADA Resources

Beginning in March 2012, a new round of Accessibility Guidelines under the Americans with Disabilities Act will go into effect. AH&LA proactively engaged the Department of Justice early in the process of shaping the new ADA standards, ensuring that the new regulations addressed the needs of guests, while weighing the practicality of implementation. AH&LA has the resources to make sure you are ready. Click here to view all the resources (member login required) or contact Kevin Maher at (202) 289-3147 or kmaher@ahla.com for more information.

Hotels Rushing to Meet New ADA Swimming Pool Regulations

March 14, 2012 (JACKSONVILLE, Fla) Tonight, local hotels are scrambling to get in line with a new regulation. The Department of Justice is requiring hotels and public facilities to install a device that would make swimming pools accessible to people with disabilities. It’s all part of the Americans with Disabilities Act, but some say it’s a big blow to their bottom line.

It’s been many years since Patricia Scott has taken a refreshing dip on a hot Jacksonville day in a swimming pool. She’s been confined to a wheelchair since 2006 because of back injuries.  “The only activities that I enjoy now is that if it rains, if I get caught in the rain outside, and that’s about it,” she said.

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Disabled access rule may close some hotel pools

Many hotels are faced with making improvements to pools by Thursday or falling out of compliance with the latest accessibility laws for disabled people. Hoteliers must have pool lifts to provide disabled people equal access to pools and whirlpools, or at least have a plan in place to acquire a lift. If they don’t, they face possible civil penalties of as much as $55,000. There are about 51,000 hotels, according to the American Hotel & Lodging Association, and most have pools. The lifts are required by regulations made in 2010 stemming from the Americans With Disabilities Act, a civil rights law that bans discrimination based on disability.


DOJ interprets ADA pool lift Requirement

February 1, 2012 – After months of pressure from AH&LA, the Department of Justice (DOJ) yesterday issued a burdensome interpretation of when and how lifts need to be installed at swimming pools under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Although the DOJ did not specifically address spas, the principles set forth in the DOJ guidance could apply to spas as well.