More Accesible Pools
Access to aquatic environments is vitally important for both mobility challenged individuals and seniors. A pool provides the optimal setting for low impact exercise or therapy. Fear of falling and other traditional land-based concerns virtually disappear when exercise is moved into the pool. As our society ages the mobility challenged population increases, as does the need for safe and accessible pools. Our line of powered lifts can help make pools more accessible starting today.
ADA Pool Accessibility requirements became law on September 15, 2010. This new legislation requires commercial swimming pools to provide means of access for their pools on or before March 15, 2012. Poollifts.com is an informational website dedicated to helping the swimming pool industry meet the new ADA Pool Accessibility requirements. Find whitepapers, videos, tax information and up to date news items on the industry’s next big revenue opportunity.
ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)
The Americans with Disabilities Act requires public accommodations to provide goods and services to people with disabilities on an equal basis with the rest of the general public. The goal is to afford every individual the opportunity to benefit from our country’s businesses and services, and to afford our businesses and services the opportunity to benefit from their patronage. In our case, the goal is to provide access to every swimming pool, so that people with disabilities will have a greater opportunity to enjoy the benefits of water-based activities.
ADA Swimming Pool Accessibility
The purpose of this document is to provide background material and clarification on issues relating to the Americans with Disabilities Act and, more specifically, the aspects of ADA that pertain to swimming pool accessibility.
Background Information What we commonly call ADA, was signed by President George Bush on July 26, 1990. The actual title of the document that President Bush signed and was passed by Congress is “An Act to establish a clear and comprehensive prohibition of discrimination on the basis of disability.” This Act was codified into law under Title 42, Chapter 136 of the Public Health and Welfare Statutes and is titled “Equal Opportunity for Individuals with Disabilities.” This law is divided into five subparts or titles:
– Title I Employment
– Title II Public Entities (and public transportation)
– Title III Public Accommodations (and Commercial Facilities)
– Title IV Telecommunications
– Title V Miscellaneous Provisions
– The relevant sections of this law for our purposes are Titles II and Title III:
Title II prohibits disability discrimination by all public entities at the local (i.e. school district, municipalities, and cities, county) and state levels. Public entities must comply with Title II regulations. These regulations cover access to all programs and services offered by the entity. Access includes physical access as described in the ADA Standards for Accessible Design and program access that might be obstructed by discriminatory policies or procedures of the entity.
Title III prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability with regards to the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services and facilities of any place of public accommodation. “Public accommodations” include, among other things, most places of lodging (such as inns and hotels) and recreation facilities.
The ADA requires the Department of Justice to issue regulations that include enforceable accessibility standards applicable to facilities subject to title II or title III and that are consistent with the minimum guidelines issued by the Access Board.*
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