When interiors+sources inquired about the impact of H.R. 620 for the
purpose of this article, the Department of Justice declined to comment.
The full statement from ASID and IIDA is as follows:
The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and the
American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) strongly oppose H.R.
620, entitled the “ADA Education and Reform Act,” which amends
the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) to require persons with a
disability to provide written documentation of an ADA violation to a
business before seeking legal remedies.
As the organizations that represent the interior design industry
at large, we continually examine cultural, societal, and economic
shifts and consider how design impacts and is impacted
by these movements. It is our belief that design—residential or
commercial, for private or public intent—truly affects everyone.
This is why we unwaveringly advocate for universal design, a
practice that seeks to create environments that can be accessed,
understood, and used to the greatest extent possible regardless
of age, sex, size, or ability. As designers, it is our job to think
about design with people and purpose in mind, so that no one
person has to bear the weight or responsibility of access, which
is as fundamental to human rights as it is to good design. We
oppose any effort that disincentivizes businesses to build or
update spaces according to these principles.
“Universal design was a matter of practice before it was a matter of law,”
said IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl Durst, Hon. FIIDA, LEED
AP. “IIDA believes that access and equity are inherent in what designers do,
despite what might be articulated by this pending legislation.”
ASID CEO Randy Fiser, Hon. FASID, explained, “The ADA is a guideline to
ensuring accessible spaces, and we support legislation that strengthens the
Act, not weakens it. ASID believes that design impacts lives—this includes
using the principles of universal design to ensure buildings and spaces are
created for all people.”
IIDA and ASID will be closely monitoring H.R. 620 as it makes its way to