Earlier this year, the Justice Department ruled that the Americans with Disabilities Act requires publicly accessible pools and spas have lifts, ramps or elevators, and gave a March deadline for compliance, sparking panic among hotels and community pools. As the deadline neared, and under pressure from Congress, the department issued an initial delay and then earlier this month said pools have until next year.What business is it of the federal government whether someone who is disabled has access to a public swimming pool?Isn't this the domain of the state government or better yet local municipal governments to regulate?Does the fate of the republic hinge on who can swim and who can't?
On Thursday, acting just ahead of the Memorial Day weekend that marks the traditional opening of many outdoor pools, the department went a step further and said the rules apply chiefly to future pools. Existing pools will only need to comply if it’s easy to do so.
Also this from Steny Hoyer:
“For many Americans with disabilities, swimming pools are an important source of physical activity and emotional comfort,” said House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat.This is where everybody gets mad as Hades with me.
He told his colleagues that rolling back the rules “would constitute a serious setback to Americans with disabilities, including many of our veterans — and I want you to think about this — many of our veterans wounded while serving our nation overseas.”
By the mere definition of the word disabled,they are things you can no longer or never could do because you have a disabilty that denies you that abilty.Blind people can not see,therefore they can not drive.People who are paralyzed can not engage in an activiity that requires standing.They are disabled,nature and circumstances deny them.
Its one thing for a propietor of a swimming pool to deny acess to someone who is disabled,but its another thing entiely if someone is denied access by their disabilty.No business should be forced by the government to provide unreasonable aceess to their establishment to anyone,whether disabled or not,its a business not a charity.
For everyone who thinks I'm cold and heartless,just remember this,the market will provide.Someone,somewhere will find a way to make a profit from those who are disabled and want to swim and he or she will provide them the means to do so.In so doing they just might force others to provide the same means,competition is the great equalizer.