The original ADAAG was published in and was later supplemented to address state and local government facilities (), children’s environments ( ). Comparison. and ADA. Standards for Accessible. Design. Technical Requirements. This document on technical requirements and its companion. (the “ Standards”) that update the ADA Regulations and Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibilities Guidelines (“ADAAG”).

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Traditionally, service dogs worked as guides for individuals who were aadag or had low vision. Small animals may not be suitable for large adults. New or Expanded Requirements Under the Standards The following are new or revised requirements to provide adsag services or zdaag, as well as accessible design and construction features, under the Standards.

Inquiries about service animals. This is not necessarily the case, as discussed below. Commenters noted that this phrase was carefully crafted in the original regulation to make certain that interpreters both 1 are capable of understanding what a person with a disability is saying and 2 have the skills needed to convey information back to that individual.

Accordingly, other Federal agency regulations, case law, and possibly State or local laws governing those situations may provide appropriately for increased access adwag animals other than service animals as defined under the ADA. Examples of barrier removal and auxiliary aids include: The Department also has received questions from public accommodations and individuals with mobility disabilities concerning which mobility devices must be accommodated and under what circumstances.

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The public accommodation may take into account a series of assessment factors in determining whether to allow a miniature horse into a specific facility. The first level applies to all public accommodations and requires removal of all architectural barriers in existing facilities, including regardless of when constructed communication barriers that are structural in nature, where such removal is readily achievable, i.

Categorization of wheelchair versus other power-driven mobility devices. Commenters pointed out that this would be a disadvantage to the owners of accessible units because they would be rented last, if at all.

West Coast Real Estate Update: Many lawsuits will include demands that exceed legal requirements, and time spent now in reviewing accessibility compliance will help in avoiding entirely or limiting lawsuits that may include overreaching by plaintiffs and advocacy groups. Several commenters cautioned against the overuse of this provision and suggested that the Department provide an example of the rule’s application. All these factors, and others, must be considered when establishing what is required to comply with the program access standard.


The Standards retains the safe harbor for required elements of a path of travel to altered primary function areas for private entities that already have complied with the Standards with respect to those required elements. Also, because miniature horses can vary in size and can be larger and less flexible than dogs, covered entities may exclude this type of service animal if the presence of the miniature horse, because of its larger size and lower level of flexibility, results in a fundamental alteration to the nature of the services provided.

This proposal was suggested in order to make clear to public accommodations that a failure to provide a qualified reader to a person with a disability may constitute a violation of the requirement to provide appropriate auxiliary aids and services. This language has been misinterpreted by some to apply to dogs that are trained specifically to provide aggressive protection, resulting in the assertion that such training qualifies a dog as a service animal under the ADA.

This proposed definition also would describe factors for determining when a timeshare resort is operating in a manner similar to a hotel, motel, or inn, including some or all of the following: For hotels that were built in compliance with the Standards, it may be sufficient to specify that the hotel is accessible and, for each accessible room, to describe the general type of room e. Qualified interpreters include, for example, sign language interpreters, oral transliterators, and cued-language transliterators.

If, as described, the choice to list a unit with an exchange company is made by the individual zdaag of the property and the exchange company does not operate on behalf of the reservations service, the reservations service is not liable for the exchange company’s actions. Instead, commenters grouped the questions together and provided comments accordingly.

The video phone provides video transmission to a avaag monitor that permits the individual who adag deaf or hard of hearing to view and sign to a video interpreter i.

Since large dogs have always served as service animals, continuing their use should not constitute fundamental alterations or impose undue adqag on public accommodations. Individuals with disabilities strongly supported this requirement.

An accessible means of entry is required for swimming pools, wading pools and spas, which may include lifts, transfer walls and sloped entry. Most of these complaints involve individuals who have reserved an accessible hotel room only to discover upon arrival that adzag room they reserved is either not available or not accessible.


As a result, the responses to the questions posed are discussed below in broadly grouped issue categories rather than on a question-by-question basis. The Department believes it would be inappropriate to deprive these individuals of the option of using a service dog of the size required to provide the physical support and stability these individuals may need to function independently.

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If a public entity is already in the process of altering its facility, the law should require that people with disabilities receive any increased accessibility that would be provided by using the proposed ADAAG for path-of-travel work. Moreover, these commenters argued that requiring an individual purchasing accessible seating to speak with a customer service representative would allow the venue to meet the patron’s needs most appropriately and ensure that wheelchair spaces are reserved for individuals with disabilities who require wheelchair spaces.

Other commenters opposed breed restrictions, stating that the breed of a dog does not determine its propensity for aggression and that aggressive and non-aggressive dogs exist in all breeds. One commenter, an association of convenience stores, urged the Department to expand the language of the section to include restocking of shelves as a permissible activity for isolated or temporary interruptions in service or access.

The user stands on a platform suspended three inches off the ground by wheels on each side, grasps a T-shaped handle, and steers the device similarly to a bicycle. It has been the Department’s view that newly constructed or altered facilities are also existing facilities subject to title III’s continuing barrier removal obligation, and that view is made explicit in this rule.

Other commenters opposed a certification requirement as unduly limiting, noting that an interpreter may well be qualified even if that same interpreter is not certified.

If, for example, hotel reservations are not final until all adaav guests have been contacted by the hotel to discuss the guest’s needs, a hotel may follow the same process when reserving accessible rooms.