Overview: Meeting the March 15, 2012 Deadline on ADA Compliance
By Soy Williams President, Soy Williams Consulting, Inc. | January 08, 2012
It's hard to believe a year and a half has passed since the new Americans with Disabilities Act regulations were published by the U.S. Department of Justice. The deadline to comply with many new requirements have come and gone, and in two months all requirements become mandatory. The new regulations include general as well as specific provisions for lodging establishments and facilities. Read on for a list of policies, practices and procedures that should be part of every day operations along with a summary of capital improvements that might be necessary for continued ADA compliance.
By now ADA compliance should be integral to your lodging establishment daily operations as well as milestone facility upgrade or renovation projects. After all it was 22 years ago this July that ADA was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush.
Since the Department of Justice made significant changes to the law's implementing regulations (or "rules"), many new requirements became mandatory last spring. In a couple of months, two remaining components must be in place. These are changes to the reservations system and facility modifications to recreation facilities.
Following a brief overview of effective dates of certain key requirements below are further discussion and lists that may be used to quickly assess whether or not these requirements have been incorporated into your lodging establishment policies, practices and procedures as well as capital improvement projects.
Compliance Dates - Overview
Compliance with many new requirements became mandatory on different dates during the past 18 or so months, starting with the publication of the new rules.
September 15, 2010