On March 15, 2011, the new Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) regulations took effect governing access to state and local governmental facilities and other facilities generally open to the public, including school facilities. Compliance with the new standards will be required for new construction, alterations and barrier removal as of March 15, 2012. The new regulations require facility owners to afford easier access to the disabled on everything from amusement rides to judicial facilities. The regulations also create new requirements for ticketing, service animals, wheel chairs and other power driven mobility devices, and lodging facilities. The new regulations also provide a general safe harbor in which non-compliant facilities built in compliance with the 1991 standards or UFAS would enjoy a safe harbor and not be required to comply until the facilities or the affected components were subject to a planned alteration. Similar safe harbor rules were adopted for path of travel components until alterations occur. If you have any questions, please contact David Raves [email protected].