This JUST in from the Rocky Mountain ADA Center:
On Friday, July 23, 2010, Attorney General Eric Holder signed final regulations revising the Department’s
Among the changes that will affect both rules are:
Adoption of the Revised Design Standards – New
Element by Element Safe Harbor – The department is mitigating the cost of design changes by adopting a “safe harbor” under which existing building elements that already comply with the 1991 ADA Standards for Accessible Design would not be required to be brought into compliance with the 2010 Standards until the elements were subject to a planned alteration.
Ticketing – The department has added provisions that provide guidance on the sale of tickets for
Service Animals – The regulations define “service animal” as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for benefit of an individual with a disability.
Wheelchairs and Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices – The amended rules provide a two-tiered appro
Timeshares – The Title III regulation also makes clear that timeshare and condominium properties that operate like hotels are subject to title III, providing guidance about the f
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2. The Justice Department (DOJ) has published four new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) proposals.
These advance notices of proposed rulemakings, published in the Federal Register on July 26, 2010, address the accessibility of websites, the provision of captioning and video description in movies shown in theaters, accessible equipment and furniture, and the ability of 9-1-1 centers to take text and video calls from individuals with disabilities. The Department invites written comments from members of the public. Written comments must be postmarked and electronic comments must be submitted on or before January 24, 2011. In a speech at the Department of Justice's ADA 20th Anniversary Commemoration, Attorney General Eric Holder also announced that as part of DOJ's new Diversity Management Plan, there will soon be a new position filled called Special Assistant for Disability Resources.