International Parking Institute Helps Navigate Latest Parking-Specific Revisions to New ADA Accessibility Guidelines

Free, Downloadable White Paper on IPI Web site explains provisions of ADAAG 2004 and 2010 Standards

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FREDERICKSBURG, VA - September 15, 2010 - The recent adoption of the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG 2004) will soon require compliance with a revised set of complex regulatory requirements for the design, construction and alteration of parking facilities. 

A seven-page white paper, which can be downloaded at no charge,  is available at the Web site of the International Parking Institute (IPI) at www.parking.org  to help clarify the regulations and serve as a valuable resource for navigating the new standards.

Mary Smith, senior vice president, Walker Parking Consultants in Indianapolis, Indiana, has provided IPI with an analysis of the parking-related provisions of ADAAG 2004 and the 2010 Standards.  Her white paper contains important ADA compliance information as it relates to parking facilities.

In her analysis, Smith addresses trigger dates when the regulations will take effect as well as rules related to new construction and alterations to existing facilities, both public and private. 

Additional ADA-related information is also available in the Knowledge Center section of the IPI Web site.

The new standards, which adopted ADAAG 2004, were signed by Attorney General Eric Holder on July 23, 2010, just a few days before the twentieth anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Because the regulations also include other requirements beyond simply adoption of ADAAG 2004, the Department of Justice calls the overall regulation the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design (2010 Standards).

"Because we recognize the importance of providing access to parking for people with disabilities, the International Parking Institute has long served as a resource on ADA compliance issues," said IPI Executive Director Shawn Conrad, CAE.  "We know that for ADA's provisions to be implemented in our industry, they need to be well understood.  For that reason, IPI offers professional training, articles, and e-learning opportunities on ADA compliance. We take seriously our commitment to help our members fulfill the goals of the ADA."

About The International Parking Institute
Founded in 1962, the International Parking Institute is the largest trade association representing the parking industry. Members include professionals from cities, port authorities, civic centers, academic institutions, hospitals, airports, theme parks, corporate complexes, race tracks, transit and transportation agencies, convention and sports centers, architects, engineers, financial consultants, urban planners, commercial parking operators and suppliers of equipment, products and services to the parking and transportation industry. www.parking.org

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