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Field Guide to Complying With the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

(Updated March 2014)

The purpose of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), enacted in 1992, is to assure equal access and services to disabled individuals. The ADA makes it unlawful to discriminate against people with disabilities. Title III of the Act prohibits entities that own, lease, lease to, or operate a place of public accommodation from discriminating against the disabled. How does this impact the real estate sales office? This page includes articles, books, videos, and websites relating to the Americans With Disabilities Act. (D. McCormick, Operations Analyst)


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Information From the Justice Department

Americans with Disabilities Act—Links and Resources, (2014).

Americans with Disabilities Act—Enforcement Activities, (2014).

Revised ADA Regulations Implementing Title II and Title III, (May 21, 2012).

ADA Information Services, (Jan. 2008).

Status Report, Enforcing the ADA: April—June 2005, (Dec. 29, 2005).

ADA Checklist for New Lodging Facilities, (Oct. 2001).

Five Steps to Make New Lodging Facilities Comply with the ADA, (2000).


Information From NAR

Comply with ADA at the Brokerage Office, (REALTOR® Magazine, Toolkit).

ADA Compliance Matters, (REALTOR® AE Magazine, Sept. 1, 2010).

Fair Housing Resources, (National Association of REALTORS®).

Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Kit, (National Association of REALTORS®Legal Affairs).

Is Your Office Accessible?, (REALTOR® Magazine, Mar. 2011).

Supreme Court Clarifies ADA Disability Definition, (National Association of REALTORS®Letter of the Law, Jan. 2002).


Recent Articles on the ADA

Are You Compliant with ADA Law?, (realtybiznews.com, Feb. 4, 2014).

How to: Establish an Accessible Workplace, (St. Louis Business Journal, Dec. 13, 2013).

5 ways companies can make sure they’re following the Americans with Disabilities Act, (Bizjournals.com, Nov. 7, 2013).

Nearly 500 city cabs violate the Americans with Disabilities Act, says Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, (New York Daily News, Nov. 19, 2013).

Crossing the Threshold: Problems and prospects for accessible housing design (PDF), (Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, Aug. 2013).

Changes Underway for the Accessibility Standard, (Buildings, Oct. 30, 2012).

Federal Judge: Websites Must Comply with Americans with Disabilities Act, (Outsidethebeltway.com, July 5, 2012).

How to Comply with the ADA Update, (Buildings, May 1, 2012).

How to Comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, (Inc.com, Aug. 5, 2010).

The Total Guide: Home Buying for People with Disabilities, (Totalmortgage.com).

Housing & Mortgages for People with Disabilities, (mortgageloan.com).

Housing discrimination is still a problem, (The Daily Sentinel, May 6, 2011).

Historic Folsom Station project advances, (Sacramento Business Journal, Mar. 25, 2011).

New Disabilities Act Requirements Loom, (National Real Estate Investor, Jan. 1, 2011).

Americans with Disabilities Act, (Journal of Property Management, Nov./Dec. 2010). Q

Greenway Plaza has since become a model for master-planned urban developments, (Houston Business Journal, Oct. 22, 2010).

Disability & Mortgage Assistance, (eHow.com, Oct. 5, 2010).

Home of Your Own Program helps people with disabilities, (WLBT, June 7, 2010).

Elevators and ADA Compliance, (Buildings, Feb. 1, 2010).

Building owners ask justice department for clause to avoid costly building changes, (National Real Estate Investor, Oct. 20, 2008).

Common sense guides builders on complying with ADA guidelines, (Pittsburg Business Times, Dec. 9, 2005).

Tenants and building owners share responsibility for accessibility, (Houston Business Journal, Jan. 21, 2005).

Opening spaces: Architects are learning to incorporate accessibility into design, (Memphis Business Journal, Feb. 23, 2004).

Disabled access can increase customer channels, (Phoenix Business Journal, Jan. 26, 2004).

Accessibility doesn't have to be costly, (Realty Times, July 24, 2003).

ADA: The next generation of accessibility rules and regulations, (Buildings, June 2003).


Useful Websites

ADA Technical Assistance Program

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Americans with Disabilities Act Document Center


City/State Programs

State and Local Governments and the ADA — Access to Programs, Services, and Facilities by People with Disabilities

ADA-Indiana

Rocky Mountain ADA Center

City of Vancouver, WA — Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Program

Disabled Homeownership Program — Montana

Homeownership Coalition for People with Disabilities — Illinois

Connecticut Home of Your Own

Homeownership for Individuals with Disabilities — Maryland

HOYO Project—Home of Your Own — Mississippi

Washington Home Choice


Books, eBooks, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Information Central. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Information Central at 800-874-6500 for assistance.

ADA handbook: Employment and construction issues affecting your business, (Chicago, IL: Real Estate Education Company, 1993). TH 153 R23

The Americans with Disabilities Act: A review of best practices, (New York, NY: American Management Association, 1993). TH 153 Am3

ADA title III: Compliance made practical, (Chicago, IL: Institute of Real Estate Management, 1992). HD 1394 In7ad

ADA compliance guidebook: A checklist for your building, (New York, NY: Building Owners & managers Association International, 1991). TH 153 B86

The Americans with Disabilities Act: Removing barriers in places of public accommodation, (Jackson Heights, NY: Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association, 1991). TH 153 Ea7

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