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New Disability Regs Limit Slope of Mini Golf Holes, Admit Mini Horses as Guide Animals
CNS News ^ | 6/26/2012 | Elizabeth Harrington

Posted on 06/27/2012 9:35:32 AM PDT by JohnKinAK

New Disability Regs Limit Slope of Mini Golf Holes, Require Businesses to Admit Mini Horses as Guide Animals

Although the Justice Department has extended the deadline for America’s hotels to comply with regulations regarding handicap access to swimming pools, new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines are already being applied at miniature golf courses, driving ranges, amusement parks, shooting ranges and saunas.

Among the provisions in the "Revised ADA Standards for Accessible Design," which went into effect on March 15, is one requiring businesses to allow miniature horses on their premises as guide animals for the disabled. Another limits the height of slopes on miniature golf holes.

“The new standards, for the first time, include requirements for judicial facilities, detention and correctional facilities, and recreational facilities,” Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez said during a conference in Baltimore on June 7.

“We expect the implementation of these accessibility standards to open up doors for full participation in both the responsibilities, such as jury duty, and the benefits, such as playing at city parks, of civic life for people with disabilities,” he said.

The 2010 ADA standards for Accessible Design require that at least 50 percent of golf holes on miniature golf courses be “accessible” – with a ground space that is “48 inches minimum by 60 inches minimum with slopes not steeper than 1:48 at the start of play.”

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: disability; miniaturehorses; minihorses; serviceanimals

1 posted on 06/27/2012 9:35:39 AM PDT by JohnKinAK
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To: JohnKinAK

what the heck is a mini horse?


2 posted on 06/27/2012 9:37:08 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: JohnKinAK
"Revised ADA Standards for Accessible Design," which went into effect on March 15"

I'd like to know when this law was passed.

3 posted on 06/27/2012 9:39:02 AM PDT by OldNavyVet
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To: JohnKinAK
"Revised ADA Standards for Accessible Design," which went into effect on March 15"

I'd like to know when this law was passed.

4 posted on 06/27/2012 9:39:23 AM PDT by OldNavyVet
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To: JohnKinAK

Seems like the free market could have dealt with this without regulations. If there was a great demand for handicapped aces-sable mini golf, somebody would have made a fortune.


6 posted on 06/27/2012 9:40:53 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: JohnKinAK; John Semmens
Is this satire? Semi-news?

Please, tell me this isn't real. What's next... handicap-accessible Formula-1 racecars, with a passenger seat for the mini-horse?

If this article IS real, Mr. Semmens your services are requested.

8 posted on 06/27/2012 9:41:47 AM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: yldstrk

http://www.buzzfeed.com/katienotopoulos/gamestop-hates-mini-horses-and-disabled-people?s=mobile


9 posted on 06/27/2012 9:42:15 AM PDT by goseminoles
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To: JohnKinAK

Next in, sand traps on golf courses will have to be wheelchair accessible.


10 posted on 06/27/2012 9:42:33 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: JohnKinAK
What about my seeing-eye rhinoceros? I would like a provision for him so I can shop at my favorite fine china distributor.
11 posted on 06/27/2012 9:44:24 AM PDT by 1forall (America - my home, my land, my country.)
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To: JohnKinAK
The 2010 ADA standards for Accessible Design require that at least 50 percent of golf holes on miniature golf courses be “accessible” – with a ground space that is “48 inches minimum by 60 inches minimum with slopes not steeper than 1:48 at the start of play.”

Can you have a spectacular set of 36 climbing and falling miniature golf holes, with a single flat "green" with 36 holes set in it to get to the 50% limit? Or does the ADA say they have to be just as good as the non-accessible holes.

12 posted on 06/27/2012 9:44:34 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: goseminoles

too far?! its not gone far enough. I have a elephant which has been trained as a guide. Do you know how many times I’m refused entry just because my elephant is too large or some such nonsense.


13 posted on 06/27/2012 9:45:24 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver
Can I bring my seeing eye pot belly pig to the local halal grocer? Or does one perpetually offended group take priority over another?
14 posted on 06/27/2012 9:47:25 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: JohnKinAK
A person with a disability is defined by the ADA as, “a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment.”

This definitely applies to the people who want to allow the miniature horses - they are clearly mentally impaired. Mental impairment should be allowed, but these people should be barred from making any regulations.
15 posted on 06/27/2012 9:47:25 AM PDT by microgood
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To: driftdiver

Actually, the mini-horse is kinda cute. Just like a big dog..


16 posted on 06/27/2012 9:47:59 AM PDT by goseminoles
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To: JohnKinAK
Slope of Mini Golf Holes, Admit Mini Horses as Guide Animals

Yeah, I was surprised as anybody to have found these mandates in our Constitution. How could I have missed them?

They were right next to abortion, penumbra, privacy, 3 gallons per flush, 60 watt light bulbs, and other Founding Father principles that were emphasized in our Constitution.

17 posted on 06/27/2012 9:51:44 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: yldstrk

“what is a mini horse”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ai73sVYpyC4

He caught a cold the other day. And he’s a little hoarse.

“It’s been a hard day’s night, and I been working like a dog”.


18 posted on 06/27/2012 9:53:27 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: KarlInOhio
Can I bring my seeing eye pot belly pig to the local halal grocer? Or does one perpetually offended group take priority over another?

Try a Muslim mosque instead. Have it video graphed for you. Find a good lawyer.

19 posted on 06/27/2012 9:53:27 AM PDT by BipolarBob
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To: OldNavyVet

The revised ADA standards went into effect on 15 March 2011.


20 posted on 06/27/2012 9:57:10 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: KarlInOhio
Can you have a spectacular set of 36 climbing and falling miniature golf holes, with a single flat "green" with 36 holes set in it to get to the 50% limit? Or does the ADA say they have to be just as good as the non-accessible holes."

LOL I'm picturing that in my mind.

21 posted on 06/27/2012 9:57:17 AM PDT by FoxInSocks ("Hope is not a course of action." -- M. O'Neal, USMC)
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To: OldNavyVet

This won’t answer your direct question, but it was GWH Bush who we get to thank for ADA.

I think my tagline may apply here.


22 posted on 06/27/2012 9:57:17 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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To: Balding_Eagle

GET Bush wasn’t responibile for the lastest revision. Guess who??

On Friday,July 23,2010,Attorney General Eric Holder signed final regulations revising the Department’s ADA regulations,including its ADA Standards for Accessible Design. The official text was published in the Federal Register on September 15,2010 (corrections to this text were published in the Federal Register on March 11,2011).

The revised regulations amend the Department’s title II regulation,28 CFR Part 35,and the title III regulation,28 CFR Part 36. AppendixA to each regulation includes a section-by-section analysis of the rule and responses to public comments on the proposed rule. AppendixB to the title III regulation discusses major changes in the ADA Standards for Accessible Design and responds to public comments received on the proposed rules.


23 posted on 06/27/2012 10:01:58 AM PDT by goseminoles
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To: JohnKinAK

My guide blue whale will require some further changes after the courts support my demands.


24 posted on 06/27/2012 10:04:40 AM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

According to this story...

D.O.J. Revises Americans With Disabilities Act With Changes Effective This Thursday
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/d-o-j-revises-americans-with-disabilities-act-with-changes-effective-this-thursday/

“Under the guidance of Attorney General Eric Holder, the new ADA rules were signed on July 23, 2010, the official text was published in the Federal Register on September 15, 2010, the regulations went into effect March 15, 2011, and the compliance deadline is set for this Thursday.”


25 posted on 06/27/2012 10:05:14 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Abathar

My Company sells mini-horse diapers.
$40 dollars for a pack of 12.

GSA Contract # POO-678OOOP4U

Recyclable by sending used diapers to:
Horse Sht
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500


26 posted on 06/27/2012 10:07:14 AM PDT by bunkerhill7 (what?? Who knew?)
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To: JohnKinAK

S.F. bookshop owner to close over ADA lawsuit (2010)
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/S-F-bookshop-owner-to-close-over-ADA-lawsuit-2452370.php

Top Five Ridiculous Service Animals That Would Be Restricted Under Pending Washington Bill
http://blogs.seattleweekly.com/dailyweekly/2011/03/top_five_weirdest_service_anim.php

Judge Green-Lights ADA Captioning Suit against Netflix
http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/judge-green-lights-ada-captioning-suit-against-netflix/

Mexican restaurant targeted by baseless lawsuit
http://www.facesoflawsuitabuse.org/2011/09/mexican-restaurant-targeted-by-baseless-lawsuit/
(Restroom mirror too high.)


27 posted on 06/27/2012 10:12:37 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: JohnKinAK

If I get disabled I want a guide/helper pot bellied pig.


28 posted on 06/27/2012 10:13:27 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: goseminoles


29 posted on 06/27/2012 10:14:23 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: JohnKinAK

How will this affect my monkey butler?


30 posted on 06/27/2012 10:15:28 AM PDT by kik5150
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To: GraceG

I want a guide bunny.(with a pancake on her head)


31 posted on 06/27/2012 10:19:39 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: JohnKinAK
Hitler mandated that the national anthem was sung too quickly regulated it slower so people would think about the words........................
32 posted on 06/27/2012 10:25:41 AM PDT by PeterPrinciple ( (Lord, save me from some conservatives, they don't understand history any better than liberals.))
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To: JohnKinAK

Why, you ask, are guide mini-horses considered to be guide animals? The answer lies in the photo shown in the article. You know, the one of the blind MUSLIM woman in Michigan riding a bus with her guide mini-horse. You see, Muslims do not like dogs, but then, no surprise the Muslims would not like man’s best friend.


33 posted on 06/27/2012 10:28:10 AM PDT by CdMGuy
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To: kik5150

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ry9NfC6mp6Q


34 posted on 06/27/2012 10:28:34 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: yldstrk

They are the ones Lewis Grizzard wrote about in his book, “Shoot Low Boys - They’re Riding Shetland Ponies”.


35 posted on 06/27/2012 10:28:54 AM PDT by Portcall24
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Best. Service animal. Ever. Homer's Helper Monkey
36 posted on 06/27/2012 10:35:35 AM PDT by 762X51
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To: JohnKinAK

I saw a picture of a muslim with a mini horse guide animal ...welcome to the 3rd world


37 posted on 06/27/2012 10:36:19 AM PDT by RnMomof7
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To: JohnKinAK

If you’ve ever gone to an antique shop and they have no public restroom, this is why. They have one for themselves but it’s not public because often they can’t bring it to code for the disabled.


38 posted on 06/27/2012 10:39:15 AM PDT by Portcall24
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To: KarlInOhio

If I ever get a mini pot-bellied pig, I’m going to name it Halal.


39 posted on 06/27/2012 10:41:20 AM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: JohnKinAK

Are they just attempting to see how absolutely ridiculous they can make regulations before we explode? Or are they really serious with this BS?


40 posted on 06/27/2012 10:51:24 AM PDT by SolidRedState (I used to think bizarro world was a fiction.)
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To: JohnKinAK

Beach volleyball doesn’t seem compliant either. It’s difficult to manuever the wheelchair through the sand, and the net seems awfully high....


41 posted on 06/27/2012 11:04:08 AM PDT by Made In The USA (Can we cut the BS and just say it like it is?)
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To: goseminoles
The mini-horse toilet habits are terrible.

You cannot toilet train a horse like you can a dog, and fur shur not at all like a cat ~ they even have cats who use a commode and flush it themseles!

Most folks who've dealt with the impact of the regulations have focused on restaurants.

Actually, the horse should be most worried about the friendly neighborhood butcher shop ~ these animals are just incredibly pampered and fed the best stuff ~ so for a certain crowd they definitely have great value ~ AS FOOD. I think one of 'em would fit in your standard home oven.

42 posted on 06/27/2012 11:39:22 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: cripplecreek
Seems like the free market could have dealt with this without regulations. If there was a great demand for handicapped aces-sable mini golf, somebody would have made a fortune

America will go the way of ancient Rome. first the barbarians invade (Mexicans). Then the government becomes to onerous (Marxists Democrats). Then the rulers take licentious sexual mores (gaying of politics). Finally, the collapse and the rise of warlords. It will get ugly for some. All you bitter religionists clinging to your guns, hold onto them.

43 posted on 06/27/2012 11:53:44 AM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: cripplecreek
Seems like the free market could have dealt with this without regulations. If there was a great demand for handicapped aces-sable mini golf, somebody would have made a fortune.

Hey, stop thinking like our Founding fathers!

Another legacy of Bush41.

The result of well intentioned Statists on the right result in the same evil as power hungry Statists on the left -- government tyranny.

Our Founders rightfully viewed government as a necessary evil.

Our Founders would have easily predicted the evil that would result from such compassionate acts as the ADA.

44 posted on 06/27/2012 12:45:12 PM PDT by sand88
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To: JohnKinAK

Mini golf, mini horses, hmmm...

I have it! Why not convert some of these run-down putt-putt courses to mini polo fields!


45 posted on 06/27/2012 2:33:22 PM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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