Regulatory Impact Analysis of the Americans with Disabilities Act
For the U.S. Department of Justice, HDR developed a regulatory impact analysis in compliance with Office of Management and Budget Circular A-4 of regulations implementing revised Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations, including revised ADA Standards for Accessible Design based upon the Accessibility Guidelines published by the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board. The analysis involved developing a large simulation-based model to conduct a series of risk-based cost benefit analyses simultaneously for more than 60 types of facilities, both public and private, and more than 100 requirements, ranging from specifications of doorway threshold heights to accessible automatic teller machines to accessible routes at playgrounds, in more than 3,000 requirement/facility combinations.
Results were estimated separately under new construction, already planned alterations or barrier removal (immediate remediation) and against multiple baselines, and separately for private entities and state and local facilities. The lifecycle portion of the analysis incorporated different future growth rates by facility type, different age composition of existing facilities by type, and assumptions that new regulations would supersede those in the analysis after 15 years and would include a safe harbor provision for existing facilities through the end of their expected lifespan. Cost and benefit data originated from multiple sources, including public and private databases, market research, literature reviews and facilitated discussions with experts such as professional cost estimators, developers, disability advocates and trade associations, among others.
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