Ensuring Inclusivity and Accessibility at Aquatics Facilities

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Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre | Edmonton, Alb. [Photos by Tom Arban, courtesy of MJMA]
Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre | Edmonton, Alb. [Photos by Tom Arban, courtesy of MJMA]

In 2010, Congress added a provision to the Americans with Disabilities Act that mandated all public pools and spas — hotel, rec center, country club or otherwise — be accessible to individuals with disabilities by the end of 2012. In most cases, compliance could be accomplished by installing a lift chair or ramp — facility enhancements that likely cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $8,000 to $10,000, which was better than being slapped with a $55,000 fine.

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