TOM DENISON: You’ll find when I finish, Mr. Chairman, that you’ll owe me something, because I don’t plan to take 10 minutes. I only have one brief question having to do with the original standards.
I was a part of the board in 1983 and ’84 when the original uniform federal accessibility standards were written, and one of the paragraphs in the front part of the book was entitled “2.3” with the caption “Equivalent Facilitation” and what it said basically was you can design something that’s equal to or better than what’s in these standards, feel free to go ahead and do it. Policies Relating to Web Accessibility. Well, when I worked for department of veterans affairs, we took that under advisement and we did three different studies. All three studies showed that accessibility to water closets worked better for people if mounted in the middle of the wall, with raised up grab bars on the back wall. We had GSA and the Access Board as a part of our study group. It was agreed that we had found a better mouse trap and GSA gave us permission to use a particular water closet design, but I noticed even though that paragraph is in the ADA and the paragraph is in the ANSI, it is no longer in the uniform federal accessibility standards, or at least it’s not in my copy. I wonder what happened.