9/15/2010 - ADA and Access Update News

In this issue: 

  • New ADA Regulations and Standards Released Today 
  • New Pocket Guide to 2010 ADA Standards
  • Pocket Guide to GSA's ABA Standards for Federal Facilities
  • Detailed Comparison of 2010 ADA Standards to the 1991 ADA Standards (Free Download Coming)
  • NAADAC Webinar Series for ADA Coordinators and Access Specialists


 New ADA Regulations and Standards Published Today

This morning, the Department of Justice published their Final Regulations and adopted the New ADA Standards were published in the Federal Register on September 15, 2010. In general, the regulations will take effect on March 15, 2011.  Compliance with the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design is permitted immediately, but not required until March 15, 2012.

Title II: Final Rule amending 28 CFR Part 35: Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in State and Local Government Services (HTML) | (PDF)  (as published in the Federal Register September 15, 2010)

Title III: Final Rule amending 28 CFR Part 36: Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability by Public Accommodations and in Commercial Facilities (Including analysis and commentary on the 2010 Standards) (HTML) | (PDF)  

2010 ADA Standards

The Department of Justice has adopted the Access Board's 2004 ADA Guidelines as the new 2010 Standards with a few changes. These Standards can be found online as a free download at 


Evan Terry Associates' new Pocket Guide to the 2010 ADA Standards

Evan Terry Associates is now developing a new Pocket Guide to the 2010 ADA Standards as Adopted by DOJ and DOT. This pocket guide will also include selected sections from the adopting regulations from the Department of Justice and the Department of Transportation. This new book should be out next month. If you have signed up with us at for information about ETA publications, we will notify you as soon as more information is available.


Pocket Guide to GSA's ABA Standards for Federal Facilities

We are also now finishing our new Pocket Guide to the ABA Standards adopted by GSA to apply, generally, to facilities constructed or leased with federal money under their jurisdiction and management. This new book, which includes selected sections from GSA's adopting regulations, and should also be available next month.


Detailed Comparison of 2010 ADA Standards to the 1991 ADA Standards (Free Download)

To assist access specialists, design professionals, and others in making the transition to the new ADA Standards and applying the Safe Harbor, or "grandfathering" exceptions in the new regulations, ETA is updating our thorough, comparative analysis of the 1991 ADA Standards versus the new 2010 ADA Standards (including selected requirements from the regulations). This is based on our earlier detailed analysis of every requirement in the 2008 Proposed Standards and will be available as a free download from our website as soon as it's completed. If you've signed up at, we'll notify you when it's ready. It is over 2000 lines of comparison in a 2+MB Excel file with hyperlinks to all the figures from both Standards. It allows users to sort by either Standard and to add their own comments and analysis. Until our more detailed comparison is available, the Access Board has a version available at which compares the 1991/1994 ADA Standards with their 2004 Guidelines and the ICC/ANSI A117.1-2003 Standards and the IBC.


NAADAC Announces 7-Part Webinar Series

"ADA: the Next Generation"

 U.S. Department of Justice's New 2010 ADA Regulations and Standards

This unique and important series of seven webinars brings together some of the country's most experienced ADA experts and trainers, combining the "official" view with practical perspectives and insights. This will complement the more detailed workshops at the National Association of ADA Coordinators' Fall 2010 Conference in San Diego.

On July 26, 2010, the twentieth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, President Obama announced the Department of Justice's issuance of new ADA regulations. The long-awaited rules are the first major revisions since the ADA was enacted and bring sweeping changes for the next decades.

State, county, and local governments, and almost all businesses and nonprofits will soon need to be in compliance with the updated rules, including those about effective communication with people who have speech, hearing, or vision disabilities; barrier removal; service animals; and Segways and similar powered mobility devices.

New construction and alterations of facilities must meet DOJ's expanded - and often stricter - accessibility standards, developed by the U.S. Access Board and Supplemented by the new DOJ regulations. Some types of facilities are covered for the first time such as courthouses, correctional facilities, exercise facilities, swimming pools, and play areas.

At the Webinar and/or at the Conferences You'll Hear From Top Experts

These webinars bring together some of the country's most experienced ADA experts and trainers, including those who wrote the new requirements, ADA specialists, ADA coordinators, and architects. You'll have the opportunity to raise questions about some of the thorny or complex issues.

Closed Captioning (CC) and text-supplemented versions are available for all sessions.

Faculty and Moderators for the Sessions Include:

John Wodatch, Chief, Disability Rights Section (DRS), Civil Rights Division U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Washington, DC 

Marsha Mazz, Technical Assistance Coordinator, U.S. Access Board, Washington, DC (Invited)

Irene Bowen, J.D., President, ADA One, LLC, and Former Deputy Chief, DRS, DOJ, Washington, D.C.

James L.E. Terry, AIA, LEED AP, CASp, CEO, Evan Terry Associates, PC, Birmingham, AL

Doug Anderson, Founding Partner, LCM Architects; Current Member, Former Chair, U.S. Access Board, Washington, D.C.

Jack Catlin, FAIA, Founding Partner, LCM Architects; Former Chair, U.S. Access Board, Washington, D.C.

Bill Hecker, AIA, Accessibility Consultant, Hecker Design, LLC, Birmingham, AL

Mark J. Mazz, AIA, Accessibility Consultant, Former DOJ and HUD Staff Architect, Hyattsville, MD

Dean Perkins, R.A., ADA Coordinator, Florida Department of Transportation, Tallahassee, FL

Larry Schneider, AIA, Independent ADA Architect, Palm Beach, Gardens, FL


Things you will learn in the webinar:

The surprises - some unexpected changes from the proposed rules - do you know them?

The "sleepers" - some provisions you may not have noticed, but you need to know about.

The difficult details (for example, how to comply with some of the accessibility standards without increasing floor space or cost)

Suggestions for transition:

Should you start now to use the new 2010 Standards, or wait?

Should you do additional barrier removal? Now, or later?

How safe are the new "safe harbors?"

Implications of DOJ's additional "pre-rules" on web accessibility, equipment and furniture, and 911

Who should attend?

Those who have at least a basic understanding of the ADA and are:

ADA coordinators or compliance officers

Attorneys and Advocates

Architects and accessibility specialists

Staff or managers for businesses, state/local governments, nonprofits, or their organizations


To register or see an up-to-date detailed agenda of the webinar series go to:

"ADA: The Next Generation"

Webinar Agendas


Session 1: Overview of Title II and Title III Regulations, Part I

Wednesday, 10/6/2010, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET

Overview of the new rules;

Service animals: Emotional support animals aren't service animals, but what about animals that assist people with psychiatric disabilities?

Segways and service animals: What questions can you ask about either one, and when can you say "no"?

Effective communication: can you use video interpreting services, how, and when? How do the new provisions on automated phone systems and relay calls affect you?

DOJ's separate notices on electronic/web communication, theater captioning/video description, and next generation 9-1-1;

Testing and licensing, with a focus on documentation; and transitioning/ time frames.


Session 2: Overview of Title II and Title III Regulations, Part II

Wednesday, 10/13/2010, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Overview of the new rules;

New construction and alterations: how these now overlap with barrier removal and program access;

Making sense of the DOJ-drafted provisions in tandem with the Access Board's Guidelines;

New definition of "place of lodging" and implications under both titles (for higher education, shelters, and others);

Hotel reservations, assembly event ticketing and seating;

The new element-by-element safe harbor;

DOJ's notice of its intent to regulate furniture and equipment;

Certification of state codes: if you comply with a code certified before 2010, does it "count"? Should you urge your state to go for certification, under relaxed new procedures? and,

Compliance and enforcement: DOJ can now retain Title II complaints for investigation, rather than sending them to "designated agencies." What are the implications?


Session 3: Planning for the transition and beyond, and using the safe harbors

Wednesday, 10/27/2010, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

What should you do first to get to policy compliance within the six month deadline?

Is it time for a do-over? Do you need to do a new or revised self-evaluation, transition plan, or barrier removal plan? If you don't think you have to, should you anyway?

How safe are the "safe harbors" under Title II and Title III? Are you "grandfathered" out?

Is there any advantage to doing barrier removal in the next 6 or 18 months, under the 1991 Standards, versus using the 2010 Standards?

Is this a sleeper provision? They call it "maintenance," but it addresses reducing access below 1991 Standards. How and when are reductions allowed?

What can you learn from the preamble (analysis) and the appendices, with their helpful explanations and drawings? How do they relate to the requirements themselves?

How do you ensure compliance with all applicable laws, including state and local codes and ordinances?

Do the new provisions apply under section 504 too? Or should state and local governments and others who receive federal funds, and federal agencies, continue to follow the 504 rules?


Session 4 - ADA Standards - Admin provisions; Accessible Routes; & Building Blocks

Wednesday, 11/3/2010, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

Overview of the new ADA Standards;

What has been clarified, added, dropped, or changed from the 1991 Standards?

Equivalent facilitation, tolerances, and the expanded definitions section.

How will changes affect different facility types?

· Significant scoping and technical requirement changes:

  • Accessible routes
  • Accessible means of egress
  • Stairways
  • Elevators, platform lifts, LULAs, and private residence elevators
  • Doors, doorways, and gates
  • Floor and ground surfaces
  • Changes in level
  • Ramps and curb ramps
  • Turning spaces
  • Clear floor and ground spaces
  • Knee and toe spaces
  • Protruding objects
  • Reach ranges
  • Operable parts


Session 5 - ADA Standards - Common Space & Element Types; and Communications

Wednesday, 11/10/2010, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

What has been clarified, added, dropped, or changed from the 1991 Standards?

How will changes affect different facility types?

Significant scoping and technical requirement changes:


  • Common space types including
    • Parking spaces and passenger loading zones
    • Dressing, fitting, and locker rooms
  • Common element types including
    • Dining surfaces and work surfaces
    • Storage elements
    • Benches
    • Handrails
    • Windows (this is completely new)
    • Automatic teller machines and fare machines
    • Check-out aisles, sales and service counters
    • Depositories, vending machines, change machines, mail boxes, and fuel dispensers
  • Communications systems and devices including
    • Telephones
    • Signs
    • Fire alarm systems
    • Assistive listening systems
    • Two-way communication systems (this is also new)
    • Detectable warnings


Session 6 - ADA Standards - Toilets, Bathing, Kitchens and Plumbing Elements

Wednesday, 11/17/2010, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

 In many facility types, these requirements are some of the most critical to the users. Significant changes have made certain sections stricter and others less restrictive than the 1991 Standards.

The 1991 Standard allowed six by six and five by seven foot single user toilet rooms. What are the smallest configurations a single user toilet room can have under the new Standards?

How do these requirements compare to the IBC and ICC/ANSI A117.1 Accessibility Standards?

How will these changes affect different facility types?


Session 7 - ADA Standards - Specialized Rooms, Spaces and Elements including Recreation and Residential

Wednesday, 12/1/2010, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm ET

(This session may be extended beyond 1 ½ hours)

Many new sections covering whole new facility types have been added in the 2010 ADA Standards. Two common facility types no longer have their own sections. Some VERY significant changes and clarifications have been made in those sections that were already included in the 1991 Standards. What has changed and how must those changes be incorporated into new, altered, and existing facilities?

If residential facilities are not (typically) covered by the ADA, why are there new standards for them? How do the covered residential facility types correlate with the ADA transient lodging and Fair Housing requirements? 

  • Significant scoping and technical requirement changes:
    • Transportation facilities
    • Assembly areas
    • Medical care and long-term care facilities
    • Transient lodging guest rooms
    • Transportation facilities
  • Completely new sections:

o        Judicial facilities and courtrooms

o        Detention and correctional facilities

o        Holding and housing cells

o        Residential dwelling units and facilities

o        Recreational facilities including amusement rides, exercise machines and equipment; boating, fishing, golf and miniature golf facilities, play areas, swimming pools and spas.

How To Register for the Webinars

For the Online Registration Form:

Registration Fees - For Individual Sessions

National Association of ADA Coordinators Associates and

American Institute of Architects Members

For members:                        Individual session      $79

Non members:                       Individual session      $99


Special Registration Fee for All Seven Webinars Sessions

PRICE: $495

The full webinar registration fee includes:

$425 in additional benefits at no cost to you

When you register and pay for the complete series of 7 webinars, and you are a current, up-to-date Individual Associate or Organizational Associate of the National Association of ADA Coordinators (NAADAC), you will automatically receive a one-time $175 credit towards your next renewal fee when it is due.

When you register and pay for the complete series of 7 webinars, and you are not a current Individual Associate or Organizational Associate of the National Association of ADA Coordinators (NAADAC), you will receive a free Individual Associate membership (upon completion of Associate application found on NAADAC's web site) at no cost to you, or a one-time $175 credit towards an Organizational Associate membership fee.

In addition, you will be entitled to a $250 coupon (subject to terms and conditions) which can be applied to one of the two Association's ADA National Conferences either for the Spring 2011 (Miami) or the Fall 2011 (San Diego).  For more information about NAADAC, go to:

If you experience any problems with your online registration, please contact - Jon Spain at Evan Terry Associates - (205) 972-9100, or email him at: 


Links to Additional Information on Accessibility and Requirements U.S. Department of Justice ADA Home Page United States Access Board


Visit our website,, to download free PDF tools for ADA facility surveyors and plan reviewers, read articles on access compliance, find links to ADA resources, get information on upcoming seminars and training, order any of our publications and tools, or contact us with any questions.

<-- Go Back