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(Updated: March 15, 2012 at 5:01 PM CT)

As a new round of accessibility requirements take effect this week, some businesses are struggling to comply.

The new regulations are part of a 2010 update to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Businesses were given until this year to adhere to many of the added requirements.

Starting Thursday, rules will be in place for the first time ever mandating that public swimming pools, parks, golf courses, exercise clubs and other recreational facilities be accessible. Hotel reservation systems also must meet new standards.

However, some businesses appear to be having difficulty meeting the requirements in time. USA Today reports that a number of hotels are considering closing their swimming pools and whirlpools because they don’t yet include lifts.

In response a hospitality industry trade group — the American Hotel & Lodging Association — asked the Justice Department to delay implementation of the new rules arguing that they are vague. And on Thursday the agency gave in saying they would hold off on enforcing the new requirements for existing swimming pools for 60 days — and possibly longer — to “address misunderstandings regarding compliance.”

In addition to the new regulations regarding recreational facilities, the ADA update also included changes to building requirements, new standards for wheelchairs and clarified what qualifies as a service animal. Many of these rules took effect last year.

The updates mark the first major overhaul of the ADA since it was enacted more than two decades ago.

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  1. Wes Harley says:

    Do these requirements also pertain to Apartment Complexes that have pools for the tennants? If a hotel or public recreation area that have pools without lifts and do not meet these requirements – who and how do I report violations?

  2. Thomas Charles Wood says:

    I believe that planned for the 2013 NH State Legislature is legislation to “opt NH out” of the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act. In other words, “nullify” the Federal Government Mandate for businesses here in New Hampshire to “comply” with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
    Essentially, the NH Legislature is trying to “nullify” any all all “Federal Laws” and all Federal Agencies “juristiction” within the borders of my State of New Hampshire.
    This is “Secession from the Union” in “all but name”.

  3. Jean Batty says:

    Curious how NH can do that as a recipient of federal funds? Didn’t the state just get a lot of money to help implement the Affordable Care Act?

  4. Thomas Charles Wood says:

    The issue is that the NH Legislature is under the control of the Tea Party & its Ideology of that the Federal Government has no business regulating anything in New Hampshire. Yes they want the Government Money, but they want zero oversight over what it is used for.

  5. soiniciulacht says:

    I’m not sure if this is something you have campaigned on but as someone who is virtually housebound one of the few things I can still enjoy is videogames. My condition is however progressive and kwyboards and mice are becoming increasingly difficult to use. Despite emailing computer games companies such as Activision and EA none of them would commit to ensuring that their games, which can cost tens of millions to develop, would include features such as voice control and other disabled-friendly options. I would like access to the virtual world as well as the real.

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