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ADA Resource Page
July 26, 2010, marked the 20th anniversary of a landmark piece of legislation that the American Institute of Architects was instrumental in shaping - The Americans with Disabilities Act. The law banned, for the first time, discrimination against people with disabilities. It required business, buildings, transportation, public transportation, and other services to accommodate the disabled and outlawed workplace discrimination against disabled workers.
New ADA Standards
Over the years, regulations have been developed to implement the ADA. Most recently, Attorney General Eric Holder issued two final rules that update the Department of Justice’s ADA regulations, including the ADA Standards for Accessible Design. These revisions, which amend the Title II and III regulations, will apply to additional facility types and sites, including recreational and municipal facilities, offer supplemental changes to the architectural accessibility standards and include a safe harbor provision for facilities built or altered based on the 1991 Standards. These rules will though these rules take effect in six months, compliance will not be required until 18 months after the publication date.
Although the AIA applauds the Obama administration for implementing these changes, it recognizes that there are a number of implications for architects. Over the next 18 months, the AIA will provide resources to help architects understand the new standards and learn what is needed to comply. This resource page will house analyses, other materials and links to outside information. Additionally, the AIA is launching a series of educational seminars and trainings, both in-person and virtual, to provide a more detailed examination of these standards. Please check this website frequently for updates.
The Americans with Disabilities Act – 20 years later (letter from AIA President George H. Miller, FAIA)
AIA analysis of the new ADA rules – to come
Department of Justice Resources
ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) (1991, as amended through 2002)
Education Sessions (available for continuing education units)
Webinar Series: Introduction to the new ADA standards – September, 2010 (TBD)
Distance Learning Class – December, 2010 (TBD)
½ Day Pre-Convention Workshop – May, 2011 (TBD)
Please check back for updates on registration, dates/times and more.