The U.S. Access Board is a federal agency that promotes equality for people with disabilities through leadership in accessible design and the development of accessibility guidelines and standards for the built environment, transportation, communication, medical diagnostic equipment, and information technology.

  • Communications & IT

    Access to information and communication technology (ICT) is addressed by Board standards and guidelines issued under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and Section 255 of the Telecommunications Act.

    Communications & IT - people using desktops and laptops in an office setting
  • Buildings & Sites

    Standards issued under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) address access to buildings and sites nationwide in new construction and alterations. Similar standards apply to building and sites funded by the Federal government under Architectural Barriers Act (ABA).

    buildings-and-sites
  • Recreation Facilities

    Access to recreation facilities, including play areas, swimming pools, sports facilities, fishing piers, boating facilities, golf courses, and amusement rides is addressed in the ADA and ABA standards.  New provisions cover access to trails, picnic and camping sites, and beaches on Federal sites.

    Recreation Facilities - a roller coaster
  • Streets & Sidewalks

    New guidelines the Board is developing will cover access to public rights-of-way, including sidewalks, intersections, street crossings, and on-street parking. The Board is also addressing access to shared use paths providing off-road means of transportation and recreation.

    Streets & Sidewalks - a paved path through a residential area
  • Transportation

    Access to public transportation is required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other laws. Standards issued under the ADA address access to facilities and to vehicles of public transit systems. The Board is developing new guidelines for passenger vessels under the ADA.  

    Transportation - a fleet of buses
  • Health Care

    The Board is developing accessibility standards for medical diagnostic equipment under the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”  The Board is also develping guidance on accessible prescription drug container labels.

    Medical Equipment - a large radiological machine is used to help diagnose a patient
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