Americans With Disabilities Act in Florida
The American’s with Disabilities Act of 1990 distinctly lists hearing or hearing loss as a disability. See excerpt below:
Sec. 12102. Definition of disability
As used in this chapter:
The term “disability” means, with respect to an individual
(A) a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of such individual;
(B) a record of such an impairment; or
(C) being regarded as having such an impairment (as described in paragraph (3)).
(2) Major Life Activities
(A) In general
For purposes of paragraph (1), major life activities include, but are not limited to, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working.
There are specific requirements that must be met to comply with the ADA when a commercial structure (building) is built or when it is altered or remodeled. The link to that ADA guideline is: 2010 ADA Standards for Accessibility
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