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Posts tagged Accessibility.
September 23, 2010
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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently published new regulations in the Federal Register on September 15, with the final rules taking effect March 15, 2011. Compliance with the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design is permitted as of September 15, 2010, but not required until March 15, 2012.   These new regulations relate to the implementation of Title II and Title III of the Americans With Disabilities Act and apply to public entities as well as a number of types of facilities owned/operated by private entities relating to public accommodations in private facilities. DOJ is issuing these rules in order to adopt "enforceable" accessibility standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) that are consistent with the minimum guidelines and requirements issued by the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board.

Holding the BagA recent decision from the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit should be sending cold chills up and down developers' spines regarding complaints under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Fair Housing Act (FHA).  The case, Equal Rights Center and Archstone v. Niles Bolton Associates, basically ruled that a developer was not entitled to recover its claims against the architect for a failure of a multi-family project to meet ADA and FHA requirements.

Universal Design

We are very pleased to have our inaugural guest post by John Salmen, AIA.  A licensed architect, John is President of Universal Designers and Consultants, Inc.. John has specialized in barrier free and universal design for 30 years and is a recognized expert on US accessibility regulations and a leader in the field of Universal Design.   We can think of no one better to start the accessibility discussion on our blog, and we also believe John makes an interesting, persuasive and important connection between economic, environmental and social sustainability that merits significant attention.

Inevitably, this question must be raised. As public awareness of green design swells to a tidal wave, many Students of Universal Design (UD) think we see the next wave approaching – and its name is Universal Design. But how do these waves relate to each other? Are they random swells? Or caused by undersea movement of the earth’s crust?