New ADAAG to be Released Soon?

Well, it looks as if the Department of Justice is positioning themselves to take advantage of a PR opportunity, with the upcoming 20th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). According to a recent memo filed by the Access Board, “On April 26, DOJ submitted final rules to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval. If cleared within OMB’s standard 90-day review period, DOJ may publish the updated regulations in late July or early August.” Personally, knowing how the government works, my money is on late July — July 26, 2010 to be precise.

So what’s in these new rules and how will they effect travelers?

Well a few of the issues they’ve been considering are:

  • Will third party reservation systems be required to block accessible rooms upon reservation?
  • Will emotional support animals be granted the same privileges as service animals?
  • Will segways be considered mobility devices when used by disabled people?

It will be interesting to see how they rule on each issue. I’m especially interested in the room blocking issue, because of the hotels.com settlement precedent. Personally I think all properties should be required to block rooms upon reservation. But we’ll have to wait and see what the DOJ says.

Stay tuned. It could be a very happy 20th anniversary of the ADA!!