Under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), every business that opens its doors to the public must take affirmative steps to ensure that individuals with disabilities have equal access to their goods and services. On March 15, 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice's revised ADA Title III regulations took effect and they are impacting every industry in America. Retail stores, hotels, restaurants, fitness centers, banks, health care facilities, child care providers, and movie theatres, for example, are all covered under this regulation.
Join former Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Justice, Minh N. Vu, for an insightful briefing on the new regulations.
- The new 2010 Standards for Accessible Design which will apply to all public accommodations facilities starting on March 15, 2012.
- Existing elements in public accommodations facilities (e.g., ATMs, swimming pools, and other recreational facilities) that must be brought into compliance with the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design by March 15, 2012.
- The new rules for service animals, effective communication with individuals with disabilities, and power mobility device use at public accommodations facilities (e.g., Segways and golf carts).
- New reservations rules for the lodging industry.
- New ticketing rules for entertainment venues.
- Rules under development by the U.S. Department of Justice that will set technical standards for accessible websites.
Minh N. Vu is a partner in the Labor and Employment department in the firm's Washington, D.C. office and is one of the country's top disability law attorneys. While at the U.S. Department of Justice, she oversaw the enforcement of Title III of the ADA. She is a trusted advisor to many national hotel companies, banks, retailers, universities, and other public accommodations on all aspects of Title III of the ADA, and defends a wide variety of businesses against government investigations and lawsuits brought under this statute.
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