Tues Tip: Prepare for new ADA Standards

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) has been a standard in construction since its was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in 1990. However, there are significant new changes coming, thanks to a new Department of Justice Rule and Standards. The new Rule becomes effective in a little over two months – on March 15, 2011. The new Standards are not mandatory until next year (March 15, 2012). Buildings can currently be constructed to meet either the current or the 2010 Standards; however, the 2010 Standards will become mandatory next year.

According to the Department of Justice, some of the changes that design for new construction will need to accommodate include...

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