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Big changes proposed for ADA accessibility rules

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You may need to make new accommodations for disabled customers and employees if proposed regulations win approval.

The Access Board, an independent agency responsible for drafting ADA accessibility guidelines, issued its final proposal. The Justice Department is analyzing public comments before finalizing those proposed rules.

The Access Board's proposal would add new requirements for accessible parking, recreational facilities, hotel rooms and more. If enacted, audio-capable ATMs will become common. Plus, public restrooms could look dramatically different: hand dryers, soap dispensers and coat hooks would be located differently and more space would be needed for restroom doors and urinals.

Advice: Review the proposed rules, estimate the potential costs and determine the potential time frame for each change. Read more at

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