New ADA Standards Affecting Swimming Pools
By Stephen Barth Founder, HospitalityLawyer.com | June 24, 2012
Co-authored by Vinh Nguyen, J.D., M.B.A. & Diego Demaya, J.D., Southwest ADA Center
What if someone told you that by spending an estimated $5,000 (sometimes a little less, sometimes a little more), you could show exceptional appreciation to the men and women that became disabled while protecting our rights during a war?
Or what if you had a child that was disabled but loved to swim. Would you want them to be able to enjoy all of the amenities that a place of public accommodation has to offer, or would you want them to have to sit on the side of the pool while all of the other children were playing in it?
Perhaps it is time to take a different perspective on the ADA.
It is only natural that business operators resist spending time and money on items that do not have a perceived ROI. After all, that is why they are in business. It is also natural for all businesses to want clear criteria in order to comply with legal requirements. After all, it is difficult to hit a moving target.
Isn't it just as natural for all members of the traveling public to want to enjoy all of the amenities a place of public accommodation has to offer? After all, everyone is paying to stay and part of the value proposition are the amenities.