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This overview summarizes provisions in the Access Board’s supplementary guidelines for emergency transportable housing which amend various requirements in the ADA and ABA Accessibility Guidelines.

Units with Accessible Mobility Features


  • No carpeting (809.2.1.2)floor plan of 1 bedroom emergency transportable housing unit
  • Weather alert systems must comply as operable parts (809.2.6)
  • Exempted: operable parts beneath unit body and water shut-off valves (205)


  • Grab bars at toilets, tubs, and showers must be built in and cannot be installed later as an adaption (604.5, 607.4, 608.3)
  • Seats required in showers, including roll-ins (608.4)
  • Removable base cabinetry cannot obstruct required knee space at lavatories (606.2)


  • Water spray unit required (606.4)
  • Removable base cabinetry cannot obstruct required knee space at sinks (606.2)
  • All electrical outlets above counters must comply (205)
  • Exception: compliant kitchen table can serve as required work surface if an electrical outlet is within reach and all kitchen countertops are 34” max. (804.3)

Vertical Access

  • Platform lifts not allowed at primary entrance (206.7)
  • Ramps to units on homeowner property can have a greater slope (1:10 max.) and rise (36” max.) due to physical or site constraints (405)


  • Parallel clear floor space required aside bed (809.2.5.1)
  • Means to control lights from the bed required (809.2.5.3)
  • Supplied furniture cannot overlap accessible route, door

Units with Accessible Communication Features

  • Weather alert systems must include visual output (809.3.4)
  • Smoke alarms must have integrated visual notification devices with a secondary power source (809.3.1)