Board to Lead Effort to Develop Guidance on Accessible Drug Labels
The stakeholder group, which will include representation from advocacy organizations and from industry, will develop best practices for pharmacies on providing independent access to prescription drug container labels. The group will explore various alternatives, including braille, large print labels, and various auditory technologies such as "talking bottles" and radio frequency identification tags. The group's recommendations, which are to be developed within one year, will be advisory only, not mandatory, and will not have the force of guidelines or standards.
The law also calls upon the National Council on Disability to conduct an informational and educational campaign in cooperation with the stakeholder working group to inform the public, including people with disabilities and pharmacists, of the best practices. The Government Accountability Office will undertake a review at a later date to assess the extent to which pharmacies are following the best practices and to what extent barriers to information on prescription drug container labels remain.
For further information, visit the Board's website or contact Marsha Mazz at firstname.lastname@example.org, (202) 272-0020 (v), or (202) 272-0076 (TTY). Those interested in this initiative can sign up to receive further updates.
Board Forms Advisory Committee on Medical Diagnostic Equipment
Representatives from the departments of Health and Human Services, Justice, and Veterans Affairs will serve as ex officio members of the committee. The committee is structured to represent a balanced cross section of stakeholders and interested parties. Members were selected based on responses to a Board request for nominations. The Board regrets not being able to accommodate all requests for committee membership.
The committee will hold its first meeting September 27 and 28 at the Board's Conference Center at 1331 F Street, NW, Suite 800, Washington, D.C. Committee meetings are open to the public. The committee is expected to meet several times over the next few months.
For further information, visit the Board's website or contact Rex Pace at email@example.com, (202) 272-0023 (v), or (202) 272-0052 (TTY). Those interested in this rulemaking and the work of the committee can sign up to receive further updates.
Board Seeks Information on Bus Ramps in Update of Vehicle Guidelines
In 2010, the Board released for public comment a proposal to update sections of the vehicle guidelines covering buses and vans. The proposed rule included revisions to technical specifications for vehicle ramps, onboard circulation routes, wheelchair spaces, and securement systems. To improve accessibility, the Board proposed reducing the maximum slope of vehicle ramps.
The Board, which is finalizing the updated guidelines according to the public comments received, recently has been made aware of a specific bus ramp design that is responsive to the proposed slope reduction but that may impact usability. This design allows a portion of deployed ramps to remain inside the vehicle to minimize their exterior projection. Questions have arisen about this type of design, including grade breaks that occur on ramp runs, reduced maneuvering space at the top of ramps, and access to fare collection devices. This information and correspondence received by the Board have been placed in the rulemaking docket which is available online at regulations.gov.
To further examine this ramp design and to collect additional information and feedback from the public, the Board is re-opening the docket, as indicated in a published notice. The Board will hold a public meeting on the subject on September 19 from 9:30 to 1:30 at its conference center at 1331 F Street, N.W., Suite 800 in Washington, D.C. The Board plans to hold a second meeting the first week of October at the annual meeting of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) in Seattle and will release further details at a later date. Bus and ramp manufacturers, transit operators, disability organizations, researchers, and interested individuals are encouraged to attend these meetings and to submit comment. Written comments will be accepted until October 31 and can be submitted through the regulations.gov website.
Public Submits Comments on Proposed Guidelines for Emergency Housing
Upcoming Board Webinar to Cover Webinar Accessibility
To register for this free webinar, visit www.accessibilityonline.org. Questions for the webinar can be submitted in advance through this website. Archived copies of previous Board webinars are also available on the site.
Future webinars in the series will cover:
Census Bureau Releases Updated Disability Statistics
The findings, which are contained in a study based on the Bureau's 2010 Survey of Income and Program Participation, also provide estimates on the prevalence of different types of disability:
The Bureau's report, "Americans with Disabilities: 2010," also covers distribution by age and gender and provides estimates on various economic factors, including employment rate, income levels, program participation, and health insurance coverage. The report and related information are available on the Census Bureau's website.
DOT Releases Guidance on Accessible Air Travel
In addition, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently published an advisory circular on aircraft boarding equipment. This document provides standards and recommendations for the design, manufacture, testing and maintenance of boarding bridges, ramps, lifts, and aircraft boarding chairs. Portions of this material are based on the Board's ADA Accessibility Guidelines. For further information, visit FAA's website.
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