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“Final Rule to Amend the Department of Justice's Regulation Implementing Title II of the ADA”

The Department of Justice (the Department) has amended its regulation implementing title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which applies to public entities. The ADA requires the Department to publish ADA design standards that are consistent with the minimum guidelines published by the U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board). Therefore, the title II rule adopts new Standards for Accessible Design that are consistent with the minimum ADA/ABA Accessibility Guidelines developed by the Access Board. The final rule also amends the existing title II regulation to make it consistent with current policies and published guidance, to reflect the Department's experience since the regulation was first published in 1991, and to address and respond to comments received from the public in response to the Department's 2008 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM).

 

Point 7: Effective Communication. The rule includes video remote interpreting (VRI) services as a kind of auxiliary aid that may be used to provide effective communication. VRI is an interpreting service that uses video conference technology over dedicated lines or wireless technology offering a high-speed, wide-bandwidth video connection that delivers high-quality video images. The regulations also establish performance standards for VRI and required training for users of the technology and other involved individuals so that they may quickly and efficiently set up and operate the VRI system. The iTerpret platform will meet or exceed all requirements and provide an easy to use interface with built in simple tutorials.

These revisions took effect on March 15, 2011 and on March 15, 2012; compliance with the 2010 Standards will be required for new construction and alterations.

Below is the link to the fact sheet and the entire amendment.

FACT SHEET - http://www.ada.gov/regs2010/factsheets/title2_factsheet.html

The 2010 Standards set minimum requirements -- both scoping and technical -- for newly designed and constructed or altered State or local government facilities, public accommodations, and commercial facilities to be readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities. - http://www.ada.gov/2010ADAstandards_index.htm

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