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ADA should be flexible with swimming pool lifts

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A worthy amendment to the Americans with Disabilities Act requiring permanent wheelchair lifts to be installed at public swimming pools by Memorial Day Weekend is giving fits to operators of motels, municipal parks, fitness and recreation centers. Their concerns are understandable and the government should heed their call for yet another deadline extension. First there was a lot of confusion over the rules, initially promulgated two years ago; followed by changes this spring that made ...

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May 5, 2012
8:25 a.m.

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ADA contains formulas private entities can apply to show undo cost burdens to avoid making accommodations. The formula uses the costs of the accommodations vs the business' taxable income. If the ratio meets certain thresholds the business is exempt.

Entities can use local Centers for Independence, or, State Vocational Rehabilitation Offices as resources to determine their status.