After a six-year wait, the Americans with Disabilities Act swimming pool guidelines have become the law of the land. Aquatics facilities now have 18 months to comply with the new law or seek an unlikely exclusion.
In a July ceremony marking the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, President Obama announced that the U.S. Department of Justice has issued final regulations revising sections of the ADA.
The final regulations include revisions to Title II (pertaining to the more than 80,000 states and local governments, public entities and public transportation) and Title III (which covers the more than 7,000,000 nonprofits, businesses open to the public, and public accommodations and commercial facilities). It also includes adoption of the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design, which establishes final formally codified accessibility requirements for pools.