Law & Policy: ADA & Accessibility
Detroit Arena Forced to Improve Disability Access
by Michael Gaio August 2014
The Detroit Red Wings may soon have a new home, but in the meantime, some upgrades are in order for their current one.
Adaptive Sports Programs Aiding Recovery for Military
by Emily Attwood June 2014
Last month, the sixth annual Warrior Games took place at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., a departure from its previous host city, Colorado Springs. While past games have been organized in partnership between the Department of Defense and U.S. Paralympics, the DOD took the lead in organizing this year's event and will continue to do so, with different branches of the military hosting each year. As noted by a department spokesperson, the change was part of the DOD's effort "to better align the event with the Games' core mission of playing a vital role in recovery for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans."
Adaptive Recreation and Fitness Facilities Set an Example for All
by Emily Attwood June 2013
Does your facility have any members with disabilities? How well does it accommodate them?
Active Design Spurs People Toward Movement and Exercise
by Andrew Cohen January 2013
Before there was LEED, there was "sustainable design." Some architects preached it, some paid it lip service, but most everybody maintained that they practiced it to some degree ...
Deadline Looms for ADA Compliance on Pool Lifts
by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor November 2012
Fewer than 75 days remain for aquatic facility operators to become compliant with provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act regarding access to public pools and spas. Last May, the U.S. Department of Justice extended the deadline from March 15, 2012, to Jan. 31, 2013.
Angels Offer Price Breaks in Settlement of ADA Suit
by Andrew Cohen April 2012
We're still scratching our heads over this one. In July 2009, J. Paul Charlebois, a then-47-year-old who uses a wheelchair, attended a Los Angeles Angels game with a friend who held season tickets on the club level of Angel Stadium. Charlebois was told that the only two wheelchair seats on the club level, where in-seat service is routinely offered, were occupied. An usher offered to carry Charlebois to and from a general-admission seat on the club level, but the fan declined the invitation and sued the team for failing to provide basic accommodations to people with disabilities on a premium-seating level.
ADA Deadline Nears for Compliance by Aquatic Facilities
by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor March 2012
Late next week, new provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act regarding public pools and spas become law. Simply put, all public pools must be equipped with means of handicapped-accessible entry by Thursday, March 15, or face fines levied by the U.S. Department of Justice or lawsuits filed by individuals or advocacy groups.
Prep Swimmer Loses ADA Lawsuit
by John Wolohan February 2012
In an effort to break down some, if not all, of the barriers facing students with disabilities, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 require that schools make accommodations for students with disabilities that do not fundamentally change the nature of the activity. The question of what constitutes a reasonable accommodation, therefore, is usually vital to most ADA and Rehabilitation Act cases.
Pool Operators Still Confused by Latest ADA Standards
by Emily Attwood October 2011
When the Department of Justice enacted the ADA 2010 Standards for Accessible Design, one of the major differences from the previous version was the inclusion of regulations for swimming pools and spas.
Rec Agencies Face New ADA Requirements
by Nicholas Brown January 2011
Nothing says "celebration" like the unveiling of new design standards and revisions to existing federal regulations. But that's how President Barack Obama and the U.S. Department of Justice framed the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act in a ceremony last July.