Todd J. Sanders

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On July 26, 1990, amid both a great deal of celebration and predictions of disaster, President Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA"). Although many commentators have written about the ADA's employment discrimination provisions, they have given relatively little attention to Title III of the ADA. Title III concerns public accommodations and transportation systems such as railroads, buses, and demand responsive forms of transportation. The ADA's purpose is to make public accommodations more accessible to persons whom the ADA defines as disabled. Title III requires more than reserving handicapped parking spaces and building ramps for wheelchair users. Anyone planning to build or alter any structure that will be open to the public should pay careful attention to Title III of the ADA.

This Article will inform the reader briefly about the public accommodations provisions of the ADA. Further, this Article will alert the attorney with business clients to the effects the ADA may have on those clients and their businesses. Interestingly, the ADA's public accommodations provisions also apply specifically to lawyers' offices.