ADA Accessible Signage Update - ADA Signs
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law in July, 1990, with enforcement of the law beginning in July, 1991. The intent of the law is to broadly protect the civil rights of the disabled, prohibiting discrimination in employment and access to goods and services - part of this law extends to ADA signs.
Revised Final ADA Regulations
The Department of Justice published revised final regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for title II and title III on September 15, 2010, in the Federal Register. These requirements, or rules, clarify and refine issues that have arisen over the past 20 years and contain new and updated requirements, including the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design (“2010 Standards”).
2010 ADA Standards: Compliance Dates
March 15, 2012, is the compliance date for using the 2010 Standards for new construction, alterations, program accessibility, and barrier removal. Although under certain circumstances, the revised regulations permit the use of the 2010 Standards before the compliance date of March 15, 2012, entities are not required to comply with the 2010 Standards until March 15, 2012. Please note that formal compliance is administered at the state and local levels, and that many states and municipalities have already adopted the new ADA signage standards. Some states and municipalities are permitted to adopt accessibility codes that are even more stringent than the 2010 Standards, as long as they minimally meet the 2010 Standards and obtain approval from the U.S. Department of Justice.