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The Department of Justice published the Final Regulations and adopted the New ADA Standards published in the Federal Register on September 15, 2010. In general, the regulations will take effect on March 15, 2011. Compliance with the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design is permitted immediately, but not required until March 15, 2012.

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U. S. Department of Justice - ADA Homepage
U. S. Architectural Transportation Barriers and Compliance Board (Access Board)
U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
U. S. Department of Transportation Accessibility - Equal Access to Transportation
United Nations Accessibility
ADA National Networks
American Institute of Architects (AIA)
International Code Council (ICC)
American Association of Healthcare Engineers
Adaptive Environments
Center for Universal Design
Florida Department of Community Affairs - Building Codes and Standards
Division of the State Architect (DSA)
DBTAC: Southeast ADA Center - ADA Headliner Newsletter


News & Publications


  • ADA News
  • Board Releases New Draft of ICT Rule for Public Comment
    The U.S. Access Board has released for public comment a second Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) that includes a revised draft of updated accessibility requirements for information and communication technology (ICT) covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and Section 255 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. This latest version includes changes made in response to public feedback received on an earlier draft issued last year.


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The Top ADA Apps For iPhones or iPads:

Great news for NAAC members! Did you know that there are ADA related Apps for you iPhone or iPad? Well now you can have 2010 ADA/ABA accessibility guidelines, disability rights laws, ADA diagrams etc. on your mobile device to help you walk through buildings and understand what the accessibility requirements may be. We recommend them for ADA Consultants, but they are also perfect for Architects, Engineers, Realtors, Facility Managers, Disabled persons, Lawyers, Building Inspectors, Building Managers, and more.

 

To discover the new Apps just select one from the drop down menu below:

 

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Facts


The large and growing market of people with disabilities has $175 billion in discretionary spending, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. $175 billion is almost two times the spending power of teens and more than 17 times the spending power of children between 8-12 years old, two demographics sought after by businesses.

An Open Doors Organization study estimated in 2003 that diners with disabilities would spend $35 billion in restaurants that year. The study found that more than 75% of people with disabilities eat out at restaurants at least once a week.

According to the Government Accounting Office, Hotels and Motels who made accessibility improvements experienced a 12% increase in business.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Statistics for Disabilities

Disabilities or Limitations

(Data are for the U.S.)

All noninstitutionalized persons

  • Number of persons with limitation(s) in usual activities due to chronic conditions: 36.0 million
  • Percent of persons with limitation(s) in usual activities due to chronic conditions: 12%
Source: Summary Health Statistics for the U.S. Population: National Health Interview Survey, 2007, Table 3, Appendix III, Table VI

Noninstitutionalized adults

  • Number of adults with hearing trouble: 37.2 million
  • Percent of adults with hearing trouble: 17%
  • Number of adults with vision trouble: 21.2 million
  • Percent of adults with vision trouble: 9.6%
  • Number of adults unable (or very difficult) to walk a quarter mile: 15.7 million
  • Percent of adults unable (or very difficult) to walk a quarter mile: 7.1%
  • Number of adults with any physical functioning difficulty: 32.3 million
  • Percent of adults with any physical functioning difficulty: 15%
Source: Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults, National Health Interview Survey, 2006, Tables 11, 12, 18 and 19

Noninstitutionalized older adults

  • Percent of adults 65-74 years who need help with personal care from other persons: 3.3%
  • Percent of adults 75 years and over who need help with personal care from other persons: 11%
Source: Summary Health Statistics for the U.S. Population: National Health Interview Survey, 2007, Appendix III, Table VII

Noninstitutionalized children

  • Number of children 3-17 years of age who have ever been told of having a learning disability: 4.6 million
  • Percent of children 3-17 years of age who have ever been told of having a learning disability: 7.5%
Source: Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Children, National Health Interview Survey, 2007, Appendix III, Table VI

Additional Links

Census Bureau Releases New Data on the Population of People with Disabilities

Newly released estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau indicate that the population of people with disabilities is increasing. A total of 54.4 million Americans (19% of the population) is estimated as having some level of disability based on the Bureau’s 2005 Survey of Income and Program Participation which is used to develop national-level estimates. Of this total, 35 million were classified as having a severe disability. These latest figures represent an increase from the results of a previous survey of 2002 data (51.2 million or 18%). The study, “Americans with Disabilities: 2005,” also found that among people 15 and older, 10.2 million use canes, crutches, or walkers, and 3.3 million use wheeled mobility aids. An estimated 7.8 million are reported to have difficulty hearing a normal conversation, including 1 million without any hearing. Another 7.8 million are estimated to have difficulty seeing ordinary newspaper print, including 1.8 million without any vision. Other findings from the survey indicate that over 16 million people have a cognitive, mental, or emotional disability and that over 5.4 million children under age 15 have some type of disability. For more information on the study, visit the Bureau’s website at www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/income_wealth/013041.html.



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