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The Honorable Conrad Burns United States Senator 2708 First Avenue North Billings, Montana 59101 Dear Senator Burns: This letter is in response to your inquiry on behalf of a constituent who has a family member with a vision impairment who resides in a nursing home. The constituent reports that it is difficult for the resident to navigate from his bed to the bathroom due to his impairment and the location of the bathroom door in relation to his bed. You have inquired whether the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has any applicability in this circumstance. The ADA authorizes the Department of Justice to provide technical assistance to individuals or entities having rights or obligations under the Act. This letter provides informal guidance to assist your constituent in understanding the ADA's requirements. However, it does not constitute a legal interpretation and it is not binding on the Department. The Department's ADA regulation includes many requirements intended to increase accessibility for persons with vision impairments, such as the provision of certain tactile and braille signs, audible alarms, and detectible warnings at transit platforms and hazardous areas. However, although the ADA does require that certain elements of a physical space be accessible, it does not mandate a specific floor layout. Instead, architects are allowed flexibility to conform to the needs of the space, while incorporating accessible elements.

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-2I have enclosed the Department's title III regulation implementing the ADA, which includes the ADA Accessibility Guidelines, for your reference. I have also included a copy of the Department's Title III Technical Assistance Manual. I hope this information will assist you in responding to your constituent. Sincerely,

James P. Turner Acting Assistant Attorney General Civil Rights Division Enclosures (2) 01-01881​ COMMITTEE: CONRAD BURNS COMMERCE SCIENCE, AND MONTANA TRANSPORTATION ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES SMALL BUSINESS United States Senate SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING WASHINGTON, DC 20510-2603 November 9, 1992 Mr. John Wodatch, Director Americans with Disabilities Act Post Office Box 66738 Washington, DC 20035-9998 Dear John, One of my constituents has contacted my office requesting information on barrier removal as it relates to the "Americans with Disabilities Act". This constituent has informed my staff that a family member has recently been admitted to a nursing home. He apparently has a number of physical limitations, including limited eyesight. Our constituent tells us

that the bathroom door enters into the room and towards the patient's bed; therefore, it is very difficult for him to see his way to the bathroom. They would like to know if the "Americans with Disabilities Act" has any rules or regulations that apply to this type of situation. Any information or help you can provide my staff to enable us to assist in reaching a favorable solution will be greatly appreciated. Please direct any correspondence or questions regarding this inquiry to my office at: Senator Conrad Burns Attention: Connye Hager 2708 First Avenue North Billings, Montana 59101 (406) 252-0550 Thank you for your assistance in this matter. If there is additional information you require, please feel free to contact Connye. Sincerely, Conrad Burns United States Senator CRB/clh 01-01882