Since a deadline to install pool lifts passed in early 2013, hotel owners have been facing an abundance of Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuits. Hotels all over California have met this deadline, but unfortunately just installing the lifts is not enough.
The ADA prohibits any discrimination against people with disabilities in all areas of public life. It is divided into five titles that each deal with a distinct aspect of what it means to give people with disabilities the same opportunities afforded other people.
Most of us take for granted the ability to jump into a pool, but it is important for us to remember that not everyone has this luxury. Some people have disabilities that prevent them from being in a pool without assistance.
Making sure that you meet all the ADA compliance requirements when installing your pool lift is essential. The installation of the lift can be just as important as the lift itself.
ADA stands for the “Americans with Disabilities Act,” which became law in 1990. It is a significant piece of civil rights legislation, striving to ensure that people with disabilities are not discriminated against, but have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The law is divided into five different sections, or titles, and it is Title III, or “Nondiscrimination on the basis of Disability by Public Accommodations and in Commercial Facilities” that is of most direct concern to people who run businesses.
It brings me great pleasure to start reporting on ALL things related to ADA Compliance. I've got a couple articles in the works so stay tuned. If you'd like more information please feel free to call me directly at 626-486-2201. More to come! Mark Tudor ADA Compliance Professionals
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