On July 26, 1990, the Americans
With Disabilities Act became law.
The ADA makes it illegal to
discriminate against disabled
persons in the areas of
employment, public and private
transportation, and access to
public and commercial buildings.
The physical access requirements
of the ADA will affect both
existing places of public access as
well as new construction. Since
many public and commercial
properties will have to be altered
to meet the ADA requirements,
all builders and remodelers should
be aware of them.
What is the ADA?
Title III of the ADA is the
section regarding public
accommodations. The term "public
accommodation" refers to privately
owned entities only, and includes
such places as hotels and motels,
restaurants and bars, theaters,
convention centers, shopping
centers, banks, insurance offices,