In my last post, I mentioned the American with Disabilities Act, also known as ADA. This act was signed in 1991 by George H.W. Bush. This act prohibits people with disabilities to be discriminated against. In 2008, George W. Bush signed the ADA Amendments Act, which broadened the protections for disabled workers. This act refers to employment, public accommodations/commercial facilities, public entities/transportation and telecommunications. While each part of this act is important, the part that applies the most to me is the public accommodations/commercial facilities (Title III). It states that individuals with disabilities should have equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, or accommodations. This includes things like lodging, recreation, transportation, education, dining, shopping, places of public display, etc. Any new construction as of July 1992 has to comply with the latest ADA codes. Even some existing entities must comply to new codes, a recent one being that owners and operators of public swimming pool must comply to the ADA Revised Requirements: Accessible Pools – Means of Entry and Exit by January 2013. ADA codes are very specific, for example, here is a diagram for a wheelchair accessible sink. This shows how the wheelchair interacts with the sink and the dimensions of the sink and where it should be placed in order to satisfy the needs of the wheelchair user. ADA is a very important part of interior design since all buildings must fully comply to these codes. Here is the link to the ADA home page if you want to know more.