The Department of Justice's revised Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations, which apply to businesses of all sizes that
serve the public, took effect on March 15th.
The amended regulations contain many new or revamped
provisions on general nondiscrimination policies. The new nondiscrimination
provisions, except for those addressing hotel reservations, take effect
immediately. Compliance with the hotel reservation provisions is not required
until March 15, 2012. The rules also include the 2010 Standards for Accessible
Design (2010 Standards), which provide new and revised technical requirements
for building accessibility. Newly constructed and altered facilities must be
built in compliance with the 2010 Standards beginning March 15, 2012.
The Department has developed a guide
to assist small businesses to understand their obligations under the revised
rules. ADA Update: A Primer for Small Business is an illustrated guide
with easy-to-understand language that provides an overview for complying with
the revised regulations.
This publication is available at
We encourage everyone to pass on this information and to
call the toll-free ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 (voice) or 800-514-0383
(TTY) with any questions regarding the revised regulations.
We have also updated our
Law Index with the Department of Justice's new ADA Title II & Title
III regulations that have now come into effect. The index was also updated to
include the regulations that will become effective March 15, 2012.
The Disability Law Index contains federal statutes,
regulations organized by subject and include court case opinions, and legal
articles that help interpret federal disability-related laws. To view our index
click on the link above or you can copy & paste the following link into
The DBTAC Southwest ADA Center
is a program of ILRU (Independent Living Research Utilization), at TIRR
Memorial Hermann in Houston, Texas. The DBTAC is funded by a grant
(H133A060091) from the Department of Education's
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research(NIDRR).