4. Rulemaking History

In response to issues raised about the accessibility of emergency transportable housing units provided by FEMA after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, we convened an advisory committee in 2007 to make recommendations for amending the ADA and ABA Accessibility Guidelines to specifically address emergency transportable housing units. The advisory committee members represented disability advocacy organizations, manufacturers of emergency transportable housing units, standard setting organizations, and federal agencies (FEMA, HUD, and DOJ). The advisory committee submitted a report with recommendations to amend the ADA and ABA Accessibility Guidelines in 2008. We issued a proposed rule to amend the ADA and ABA Accessibility Guidelines based on the advisory committee’s report in 2012.23 The advisory committee report and proposed rule are available at: http://www.access-board.gov/guidelines-and-standards/buildings-and-sites/emergency-transportable-housing/background.