202-PL-87

JUN 4 1992

Mr. Larry Healey 122 Klondike Avenue Haverhill, Massachusetts 01832 Dear Mr. Healey: This letter responds to your correspondence requesting information about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA authorizes the Department of Justice to provide technical assistance to individuals and entities having rights or obligations under to the Act. This letter provides informal guidance to assist you in understanding the ADA accessibility standards. However, it does not constitute a legal interpretation and it is not binding on the Department. Your letter inquires whether a camp composed of a dining hall, three sleeping lodges, administrative buildings, and sleeping tents operated by a volunteer organization is covered by the provisions of the ADA, and what is the nature of the obligations under the Act. Title III of the ADA covers places of lodging and recreation, and therefore includes camps of the sort you describe. Title III prohibits covered entities from discriminating on the basis of disability in offering its services and facilities. The camp cannot impose discriminatory eligibility requirements or provide segregated services. The camp also has an obligation to make reasonable modifications in its program and services to accommodate the needs of individuals with disabilities unless doing so would fundamentally alter the nature of the services, accommodations and privileges being offered. There is also an obligation to provide auxiliary aids and services in order to insure effective communication with individuals with hearing, speech, or vision impairments unless doing so would fundamentally alter the nature of the camp's operations or cause an undue burden. With respect to the physical facilities, the camp is required to remove architectural barriers to accessibility and structural communication barriers if it is readily achievable to

cc: Records Chrono Wodatch Magagna.PL.87 Beard arthur T. 6/3/92 01-00876 ​ -2do so. Readily achievable means easily accomplishable without much difficulty or expense. Should the camp engage in new construction or an alteration of any facility, the construction or alterations must comply with the ADA Accessibility Guidelines. I have enclosed a copy of the Title III Technical Assistance Manual published by the Department of Justice. I hope that this information will be useful to you in evaluating your obligations under the ADA. Sincerely, Joan A. Magagna Deputy Director Office on the Americans with Disabilities Act Enclosures 01-00877 January 14, 1992 The Office of the Americans with Disability Act Civil Rights Division U.S. Department of Justice P.O. Box 66118 Washington, D.C. 20035-6118 Dear Sirs: I am currently involved with a volunteer organization that operates a camp. Primarily this camp is utilized during the months of July and August, however, it is utilized during other months on a limited basis. My inquiry is how does ADA apply to this type of facility? The camp does have a dining hall and three lodges used for sleeping quarters, as well as various other administrative buildings. Primarily, tents are used for sleeping arrangements. Which sections of Title III would be applicable, if any, and are there specific other requirements or time frames?

Thank you in advance for your assistance. Respectfully, Larry Healey 122 Klondike Avenue Haverhill, MA 01832 202-PL-00087 01-00878