Updating disabilities regulations

July 25, 2008
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Eighteen years have passed since the Americans with Disabilities Act opened doors for people who hadnâ??t been able to participate in much of American society â?? and brought a corresponding flood of construction costs and lawsuits.

Now the Justice Department is proposing additional ADA regulations to expand and clarify the original act.

The new regulations address everything from drinking fountains to amusement park rides, boat slips to bowling lanes. One point already eliciting pushback is a stipulation that half of all miniature golf course holes be accessible to wheelchairs.

Advocates for the disabled say the new regulations donâ??t go far enough, while business interests fear another barrage of lawsuits and escalating costs.

What do you think?
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  • Most people see value in designing facilities to accomindate customers and suppliers with disabilities which share many of the same challenges as elderly people and young families with children (i.e. strollers).

    I would think clear guidelines from government should largely eliminate confusion and reduce lawsuits.

    This is a case in which businesses can do well by doing good.
  • I would be curious to know how many government offices and facilities around the state are still not ADA compliant. I know the Shelbyville Post office in Downtown Shelbyville has no Ramp and there are about 16 steps to go up because it is built up from the sidewalk. Shouldn't the city have updated this facility. Someone literally has to run the information inside for someone in a wheel chair, or pick up the person with the wheel chair to the top. It's ridiculous.

    There is a Handicap Parking Space though - does that make them compliant?

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