New ADA Regulations are Now In Effect

The Department of Justice's revised Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations, which apply to businesses of all sizes that serve the public, took effect on March 15th.

The amended regulations contain many new or revamped provisions on general nondiscrimination policies. The new nondiscrimination provisions, except for those addressing hotel reservations, take effect immediately. Compliance with the hotel reservation provisions is not required until March 15, 2012. The rules also include the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design (2010 Standards), which provide new and revised technical requirements for building accessibility. Newly constructed and altered facilities must be built in compliance with the 2010 Standards beginning March 15, 2012.

The Department has developed a guide to assist small businesses to understand their obligations under the revised rules. ADA Update: A Primer for Small Business is an illustrated guide with easy-to-understand language that provides an overview for complying with the revised regulations.

This publication is available at

We encourage everyone to pass on this information and to call the toll-free ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 (voice) or 800-514-0383 (TTY) with any questions regarding the revised regulations.

We have also updated our Disability Law Index with the Department of Justice's new ADA Title II & Title III regulations that have now come into effect. The index was also updated to include the regulations that will become effective March 15, 2012.

The Disability Law Index contains federal statutes, regulations organized by subject and include court case opinions, and legal articles that help interpret federal disability-related laws. To view our index click on the link above or you can copy & paste the following link into your browser: .

The DBTAC Southwest ADA Center is a program of ILRU (Independent Living Research Utilization), at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston, Texas. The DBTAC is funded by a grant (H133A060091) from the Department of Education's National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research(NIDRR).