The ADA changes are the following:
- Social Service Center Establishments - access to beds and roll-in showers.
- Housing at Places of Education- application of provisions for transient lodging and for residential facilities, and kitchen access and accessible circulation within units.
- Assembly Areas - additional criteria for the location and dispersion of wheelchair spaces and companion seats in assembly areas, including stadium-style movie theaters.
- Medical Care Facilities - dispersion of accessible patient bedrooms.
- Residential Dwelling Units - coverage of dwelling units designed, constructed, or altered by state and local governments for sale to individuals.
- Detention and Correctional Facilities - enhanced scoping (3%) for accessible cells, dispersion, and coverage of altered cells.
- Places of Lodging - application of scoping provisions to sites with multiple facilities, alterations, and exclusion of residential-only units.
These changes would have to be considered by a contractor should projects fall on or after the implementation date.
A contractor must now review implementation rules and guidelines before starting any project design, construction or renovation. It is emphasized that the failure to follow the ADA implementation can lead to more expenses due to rebuilds. Lawsuits and penalties would also be imposed to the business owner and sanctions issued on the contractor.