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ADA Accessibility Guidelines

The development of architectural guidelines on accessibility is the responsibility of the Federal Access Board. The Access Board is an independent federal agency comprised of public and government members appointed by the President.

In 1993, the Recreation Access Advisory Committee was convened to provide the Access Board with information and advice in the development of accessibility guidelines for recreation facilities and outdoor developed areas. The committee organized itself into subcommittees based on facility types, including a Golf Subcommittee. Representatives from the National Golf Course Owners Association and other golf and disabled golfer organizations served on the Golf Subcommittee.

In 1993 and 1994, the Golf Subcommittee met and developed recommended accessibility guidelines covering new golf course construction and alterations to existing golf courses. Their mission was "to define proposed architectural guidelines that would facilitate the integration of people with disabilities into golf while maintaining the tradition and integrity of the game."

The first draft of the guidelines was published for public comment along with other recreational facility guidelines in an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) in the September 21, 1994, Federal Register.

The Access Board staff reviewed the comments and re-drafted a proposed rule which was published for comment in July 1999. In July 2000, a summary of a final guidelines was issued. A final rule is expected in 2001.

Until a final rule is issued, the 1999 draft guidelines and 2000 summary can serve as a guide for ADA compliance. It is expected that few, if any, changes will be made by the Access Board in the final regulations.

ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG): Rulemaking History

  • June 10, 1993: Board creates the Recreation Access Advisory Committee and a subcommittee on Golf
  • July 13, 1994: The Advisory Committee submits its recommendations to the Access Board
  • September 21, 1994: The Access Board publishes an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
  • July 9, 1999: Proposed rule published for public comment
  • August 26, 1999: The Access Board holds public hearing on the proposed rule in Dallas, Texas
  • November 17, 1999: The Access Board holds public hearing in Boston, Massachusetts
  • December 8, 1999: Close of public comment period
  • July 21, 2000: The Access Board publishes a summary of proposed changes to the guidelines for public comment and schedules information meetings
  • August 21 - 22, 2000: The Access Board holds informational meeting in Washington, D.C.
  • September 6 - 7, 2000: The Access Board holds information meeting in San Francisco, CA
  • September 19, 2000: Comment period closes on summary of proposed changes

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