The United States Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division’s
ADA Webinars Accessible Pools: Means of Entry and Exit
Wednesday, May 2, 2012—Existing Pools under Title III of the ADA
Tuesday, May 9, 2012—Existing Pools under Title II of the ADA
2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. EDT
The Department of Justice is announcing a series of free webinars that will provide free information and technical assistance addressing the accessible pool entry requirements of the revised 2010 ADA Regulations and the 2010 Standards as they relate to existing pools. The first webinar will address the pool access provisions as they apply to the existing pools of public accommodations subject to title III of the ADA. The second webinar will address how the pool access provisions apply to the existing pools of state and local governmental entities subject to title II of the ADA.
Participants will need to register to gain access to each webinar. Registration opens on Tuesday, April 23, 2012 (at 3PM eastern time [I’ve put in a call to Robin to confirm and registration is limited and available on a first-come-first-serve basis at www.ADA.gov. Each webinar will also be archived and will be available for re-broadcast on www.ADA.gov a few days after each event.
Submittal of Questions [Christina – I thought that you might have already edited this section]
Questions may be submitted in advance of each webinar. A link will be provided starting on Tuesday, April 23rd when registration opens. Questions will also be able to be submitted during the webinar.
On September 15, 2010, the Department of Justice published final rules that revised the regulations implementing titles II and III of the ADA. As part of the revisions, the Department adopted the 2010 Standards, and required that the Standards be used when modifications are undertaken to existing facilities to meet the program accessibility obligations of title II entities and the barrier removal obligations of title III entities. The 2010 Standards include provisions for accessible means of entry to swimming pools, wading pools and spas in sections 242 and 1009. However, the effective date for these provisions in the Standards as they relate to existing pool facilities was extended from March 15, 2012 to May 21, 2012 in a final rule signed by the Attorney General on Thursday, March 15, 2012. The extension was provided in order to allow additional time to address misunderstandings that had arisen among pool owners and operators regarding compliance with these ADA requirements. When the Attorney General issued the final rule, he also signed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) seeking public comment on whether a longer period of time (four additional months) would be appropriate to allow pool owners and operators to better understand their obligations. The content of these webinars is limited to a discussion of the substantive requirements of the ADA regulations for existing pools and will not include any discussion of the Department’s pending rulemaking regarding an additional extension of the compliance date.