reach range diagram (based on da Vinci sketch)The Board’s research program is focused on the study of accessibility relating to architecture and design, communication, and transportation.  A key mission of the Board is developing and maintaining accessibility guidelines and standards under several different laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  This includes design requirements for facilities in the private and public sectors, transportation vehicles, telecommunications equipment, and Federal electronic and information technology.  Most Board research projects are designed to develop information for its use in writing or updating these design criteria.  The Board may fund the development of technical assistance and training materials useful to its audience, including designers, specifiers, and consumers.  However, research reports and guidance materials on this page were prepared under contract to the Access Board by independent contractors.  As such, they represent the analysis and views of the contractors only and are not a statement of Access Board policy or position.

The Board welcomes information on research initiatives related to accessibility and accessible design.  The Board maintains a strong interest in coordinating research with other entities and in exploring potential partnerships.  For more information about the Board’s research program, contact Dave Yanchulis, Director of the Office of Technical and Information Services, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



The Access Board provides training on its accessibility guidelines and standards to various organizations and groups across the country. Most training sessions focus on the ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) which cover the built environment and transportation vehicles. ADAAG training also addresses new or upcoming sections, such as those covering children’s environments, play areas, state and local government facilities, and recreation facilities. In addition to ADAAG, training is available on design requirements for Federal facilities, telecommunications equipment, and electronic and information technology.

The Board tailors its training to the particular needs and interests of each audience. Board training is of particular interest to design professionals and architects, facility operators and managers, the transportation industry, the disability community, and members of other professions and groups that work with any of the Board’s guidelines and standards. Board staff often reserve time for question-and-answer sessions at training events. This kind of interaction is particularly helpful in gauging the information needs of the Board’s various audiences

Most training sessions are held at the request of, or in partnership with, organizations or groups holding conferences and seminars that include accessibility or the ADA on the agenda. Due to budget constraints, the Board usually requests reimbursement of travel costs for its participation. Board policy requires that the events it participates in be conducted in accessible facilities and be communicated, upon request, in accessible formats. The Board likes to arrange additional training opportunities once it is scheduled to be in a particular area.

For more information or request training from the Board, contact training coordinator Peggy Greenwell by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (202) 272-0017 (voice) or (202) 272-0082 (TTY).