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Updating disabilities regulations

July 25, 2008
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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