5 Common Myths about the ADA and Accessibility

Posted 9 September 2015 12:00 AM by Evan Bane

5 Common Myths about the ADA and Accessibility

Folks who harbor misconceptions about the law, may find out they’re not bulletproof when it comes to formal claims and litigation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  According to Attorney Hunter Kitchens writing in Buildings magazine, one key first step is to read and educate yourself on the 2010 version of the ADA.  Here are five myths that can trip you up:

Myth 1:  ADA accessibility requirements are a one-time building code requirement.

FACT:  The ADA is a civil rights law, not a building code.

Myth 2: Landlords are liable for compliance, but tenants are not.

                FACT:  Both share legal responsibility for compliance.

Myth 3:  Older or historic buildings are exempt from the ADA.

                FACT:  There is no “grandfather” provision under the ADA.

Myth 4:  A business that settles an ADA lawsuit cannot be sued again.

                FACT:  The existence of “drive-by” lawsuits that target and re-target businesses – often

            targeting hotels retailers and restaurants – is proof enough this is a myth.

Myth 5:  ADA covers only wheelchair users.

                FACT:  The ADA covers accommodation across a broad spectrum of disabilities, not just

                           physical handicaps.

To continue your introductory “education” on the ADA, you can read the full article here.


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