News from the U.S. Access Board:
Barrier Removal Checklist Available from New England ADA Center
The ADA requires that barriers to accessibility be removed in existing places
of public accommodation where it is “readily achievable” to do so. The New
England ADA Center, which is part of the federally supported National Network of
ADA Centers, has issued an updated version of its ADA Checklist for Readily
Achievable Barrier Removal based on the 2010 ADA standards. The Center’s
previous checklist was based on the original 1991 standards. The new checklist
also provides sections on various types of recreation facilities newly covered
in the 2010 standards, including play areas, swimming pools, sports facilities,
fishing piers, boating facilities, golf courses, and amusement rides.
Under the ADA regulations issued by the Department of Justice (DOJ), elements
in existing facilities that have been retrofitted for access according to the
1991 standards do not have to be further modified to meet the 2010 standards.
However, this safe harbor does not extend to certain spaces and elements not
addressed in 1991 standards, notably provisions for recreation facilities and
housing. DOJ’s ADA regulations note the specific provisions in the 2010
standards that may require further barrier removal. Beginning March 15, any
retrofits undertaken for barrier removal must conform to the 2010 standards, as
optional use of the 1991 standards for this purpose will no longer be allowed by
that date. The updated checklist provides a helpful survey tool in addressing
access barriers according to the 2010 standards.
The new checklist is available from the New England ADA Center at www.adachecklist.org. For further
information, contact the Center at (617) 695-0085 (voice or TTY) or ADAinfo@NewEnglandADA.org.