04/ ILLEGIBLE/92 DJ 202-PL-00122 MAY 18 1992 Wodatch Ms.

Ann Hafar Manager Date Traveler Budget Inn 1210A Avenue East Oskaloosa, Iowa 52577 LIB Dear Ms. Hafar: Deputy I am responding to your letter requesting specific guidance Date from the Department of Justice about the application of title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) to the facility that you manage. Blizard The ADA authorizes the Department to provide technical assistance to entities that are subject to title III. This Date letter provides informal guidance to assist you in understanding the ADA accessibility requirements. This technical assistance does not constitute a formal policy determination and it is not binding on the Department of Justice. GYB The ADA does not establish specific requirements regarding alterations that must be made to existing facilities for the Date purpose of accessibility, if alterations are not otherwise planned. It simply requires that places of public accommodation, including hotels and motels, remove architectural and communication barriers to the extent that it is readily achievable to do so. Congress defined the term "readily achievable" to mean "easily accomplishable and able to be carried out without much difficulty or expense." If it is not readily achievable to remove barriers in an existing facility that is not otherwise being altered, then barrier removal is not required. If a public accommodation, such as a hotel or motel, is undertaking new construction or altering existing facilities, then the newly constructed or altered area must comply with the ADA accessibility standards in the enclosed Department of Justice regulation for title III of the ADA. These standards are also helpful in determining what readily achievable barrier removal

would be appropriate in an existing hotel or motel.

cc: Records, Chrono, Wodatch, Blizard, FOIA udd:Blizard.ada.interpretation.hafar 01-00794 -2With respect to your specific questions, the percentage of rooms required to be accessible in new construction is set out at sections 9.1.2 through 9.1.4 of the Appendix to the enclosed regulation. The chart in section 9.1.2 details when accessible showers are required. One bathroom in each accessible unit must comply with the requirements of section 4 of the appendix. In accessible rooms, permanently installed telephones must have volume controls (section 9.3.1). Alterations are addressed in section 9.1.5. The requirement that "auxiliary aids," such as television decoders and telephone handset amplifiers, be provided, is separate from the requirement that physical barriers be removed in existing buildings. Auxiliary aids are addressed in section 36.303. You may obtain information on particular products by calling the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board at 1-800-USA-ABLE. I hope that this information is helpful to you. Sincerely,

John L. Wodatch Director Office on the Americans with Disabilities Act Civil Rights Division

Enclosure

01-00795

TRAVELER BUDGET INN 1210 A Ave. East on Highway 63 & 92 Oskaloosa, IA 52577

Ph: (515) 673-8333

ILLEGIBLE LETTER 01-00796