If ADA is not a building code, why is it specifically called out and/or paraphrased by examples within the national building codes? -C.L.

ANSWER: The ADA is a civil rights law and is enforced as such.  The ADA Standards can and have been adopted by jurisdictions as part of their building code such as CA, TX, and FL.  This gives it a dual purpose in these jurisdictions.  However, the ADA is still a civil rights law and, as a federal law, is enforceable on top of the building code.  The local jurisdiction can waive or adapt sections as they see fit to their building code but cannot waive or adapt sections of the ADA, the ADA Regulations, or the ADA Standards.  We are not aware of any references in the IBC referencing the ADA.