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Complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act at Public Pools and Spas
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. ADA Guidelines finalized on July 23, 2004 (ADAAG 2004) were signed into law on September 15, 2010, and now require compliance by all Title II (Public Entities) and Title III (Public Accommodations and Commercial Entities) by January 31, 2013. This includes recreation facilities, swimming pools, wading pools and spas.

ADA regulations cover both public and private facilities including pools operated by municipalities, hotels and motels, campgrounds, fitness and recreational sports clubs, country clubs, high schools and universities, waterparks, hospitals and health care facilities. Regulations may also apply to homeowners, apartment and condo associations, if these facilities are open to the general public.

ADA guidelines provide specification of certain elements in the design of new and renovated facilities to ensure that individuals with disabilities are generally able to access swimming pools and spas and use a variety of features of the facility. The guidelines are the minimum level of accessibility required and are encouraged to be exceeded where possible to increase opportunities.

Note: The DES Public Pool and Spa Program does not have authority to enforcement the requirements of this law.

 

 

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