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The Americans with Disabilities Act, or the ADA, is a piece of legislation that benefits many individuals and provides protection from discrimination. This piece discusses a subsection of the ADA, 208.2, which covers the minimum amount of accessible parking spots that parking facilities are required to have. Having available accessible parking spots are a crucial to many living in the United States who have a mobility-related condition. Without access to appropriate parking, many individuals and their families are not able to access the same amenities others can. By adjusting the current law, more individuals may be able to access things others can on a daily basis. This analysis tells a short history of the ADA, strengths, and weaknesses of ADA subsection 208.2, and includes two policy proposals to increase the minimum amount of accessible parking spaces in parking facilities by adjusting the current parking spot bracket. One of the proposals includes adjusting the current bracket by calculating the number of accessible spots as a percentage of the total parking spaces in a facility. The second proposal includes adjusting the number of accessible spaces by one.
Keywords: ADA, accessible parking, minimums, policy proposal