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6-27-97 JUL 11 1997 The Honorable Dianne Feinstein United States Senate 331 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510-0504 Dear Senator Feinstein: I am responding to your letter requesting information on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) on behalf of your constituent, XXX . Your letter was referred to the Department of Justice by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Please excuse the delay in responding. Specifically, XXX requests information regarding the ADA's requirements for access to public golf courses. Although the ADA requirements do not currently include specific accessibility standards for new construction or alterations of the unique aspects of a golf course, other facilities like restrooms, locker rooms, and restaurants must comply with the ADA accessibility standards. In addition, both title II and title III of the ADA require that covered entities "make reasonable modifications in policies, practices, or procedures," when necessary to avoid discrimination on the basis of disability, unless it can show "that making the modifications would fundamentally alter the nature" of the service or activity. 28 C.F.R. SS 35.130 (b) (7), 36.302 (a). Where a golf course does not provide nor allow golf carts or where the course provides or allows golf carts on the site but not in designated areas, the course may be required to modify its policies in order to allow people with disabilities to participate fully. For your convenience, I have enclosed a copy of the regulations implementing titles II and III. If XXX has any questions or needs additional information regarding the requirements of the ADA, he may contact the Department's ADA information line at 800-514-0301 (voice) or 800-514-0383 (TDD). Members of the Disability Rights Section staff are available to answer questions on the information line from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Eastern time, on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. On Thursday, the information line is staffed from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
cc: Records, Chrono, Wodatch, Mercado, McDowney, FOIA h:\hmercado\myfiles\drsletters\congressionals\boxer for XXX -2I hope this information is useful to you in responding to your constituent. Sincerely, Isabelle Katz Pinzler Acting Assistant Attorney General Civil Rights Division Enclosures
Author: XXX Date: 4/12/97 20:25 Priority: Normal TO: senator at Fein-Int Subject: Re: Information on ADA legislation ------------------------- Message Contents------------------------------Dear Senator Feinstein, We are having a little problem at our local golf course in Twain Harte, CA. Our members are getting up in age and their is talk of having golf carts on our little course. What it boils down to - We would like to know: What does ADA legislation have to say about allowing golf carts on public courses. Would it be possible that you could send me any information on the bill that relates to golf courses? It would be sincerely appreciated. If the info would be adequate for e-mail, great. If not, snail mail would have to do. We are having a board meeting this coming Wednesday, April 16, 1997, and it would be great to have some info by then. Thanks for your consideration. Your Constituent, (and a Democrat) XXX Twain Harte, CA XXX XXX