Last week, the Department of Justice published two new technical assistance documents to assist Title II entities (state and local governments) and Title III entities (businesses and nonprofit organizations that serve the public) in understanding how the rules under the Americans with Disabilities Act apply to them. Both documents are available on the ADA website.
Wheelchairs, Mobility Aids, and Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices provides guidance on the department’s 2010 regulations regarding the use of wheelchairs and mobility aids, as well as other types of less-traditional powered mobility devices. The document defines such devices; includes factors covered entities should consider when deciding whether a power-driven mobility device can be accommodated in a particular setting; and highlights staff training considerations.
Effective Communication provides guidance on the 2010 regulations’ provisions relating to communicating effectively with people who have vision, hearing, or speech impairments. The publication defines auxiliary aids and services, including real-time captioning and video relay services; offers sample solutions to effective communication in a variety of settings; and addresses how to proceed when providing an aid or service would result in undue burden on the covered entity.