The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H.W. Bush. The ADA is one of America’s most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life — to enjoy employment opportunities, to purchase goods and services, and to participate in State and local government programs and services. Modeled after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin – and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 – the ADA is an “equal opportunity” law for people with disabilities.
When building to code, the ADA guidelines is what most contractors adhere to for accessibility standards. If your property is not up to code, owners / managers are putting themselves at risk for violating federal standards. This could result in an injury, a lawsuit due to injury, or a “drive by lawsuit” which have become very prevalent in that last few years. Below are some stories making national and local news. Protect yourself by making regular repairs and having a CASp certified inspector visit your property.