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Justice Department offers ADA Webinars on Accessible Pools: Means of Entry and Exit

April 23, 2012

The Department of Justice is announcing two free webinars that will provide information and technical assistance addressing the accessible pool entry requirements of the revised 2010 ADA Regulations Implementing Title II and Title III and the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design as they relate to existing pools.

ADA Webinars:
Accessible Pools - Means of Entry and Exit


2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. [Eastern]


  • Wednesday, May 2, 2012
    Existing Pools under Title III of the ADA

    The first webinar will address the pool access provisions as they apply to the existing pools of public accommodations subject to title III of the ADA.

  • Wednesday, May 9, 2012
    Existing Pools under Title II of the ADA

    The second webinar will address how the pool access provisions apply to the existing pools of state and local governmental entities subject to title II of the ADA.


Registration opens on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. EDT. Registration on for the two ADA webinars on Accessible Pools is limited and available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Each webinar will also be archived and available for rebroadcast on a few days after each event.

Submission of Questions

Questions pertaining to the application of the regulations to existing pools may be submitted in advance of each webinar beginning with the opening of registration on Tuesday, April 24, 2012. There will also be a limited opportunity for registrants to submit questions during the webinar.

Please note: The Department is unable to entertain any questions about its pending rulemaking, which is referenced below (under Background).


On September 15, 2010, the Department of Justice published final rules that revised the regulations implementing titles II and III of the ADA. As part of the revisions, the Department adopted the 2010 Standards and required that the Standards be used when modifications are undertaken to existing facilities to meet the program accessibility obligations of title II entities and the barrier removal obligations of title III entities. The 2010 Standards include provisions for accessible means of entry to swimming pools, wading pools, and spas in sections 242 and 1009. The effective date for these provisions in the Standards as they relate to existing pool facilities was extended from March 15, 2012 to May 21, 2012 in a final rule signed by the Attorney General on Thursday, March 15, 2012.

The extension was provided in order to allow additional time to address misunderstandings that had arisen among pool owners and operators regarding compliance with these ADA requirements. When the Attorney General issued the final rule, he also signed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) seeking public comment on whether a longer period of time (four additional months) would be appropriate to allow pool owners and operators to better understand their obligations. The comment period on the NPRM closed on April 4, 2012. The content of these webinars is limited to a discussion of the substantive requirements of the ADA regulations for existing pools and will not include any discussion of the Department’s pending rulemaking regarding an additional extension of the effective date.

Additional Resources

Dept. of Justice: ADA Webinars Accessible Pools: Means of Entry and Exit

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