Accessibility Requirements Under ADA
The new ADA accessibility standards are in place, with most having become effective March 15. The standards, found in the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, were originally announced in the summer of 2010 with regulations published during September 2010 in the Federal Register. These standards cover hotels, bars, stores, museums, schools, and eateries—in fact, most buildings that are open to the public. Among other requirements, they provide that counters and shelves be set no higher than four feet high along with reachable objects like fire alarms and add to the number of designated handicap parking spaces for vans.