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DOT’s Federal Highway Administration Proposes Rule to Build a National Network of User-Friendly, Reliable, and Accessible Electric Vehicle Chargers

June 23, 2022
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to establish minimum standards and requirements for projects funded under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program. These minimum standards will help ensure a national electric vehicle (EV) charging network that is user-friendly, reliable, and accessible to all Americans and . . .

U.S. Access Board Meeting and Webcast in July

June 09, 2022
All are welcome to attend the next bimonthly meeting of the U.S. Access Board, which will be open virtually to the public on July 13 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (ET). The agenda for the meeting includes brief reports from the Executive Director, standing committees, and ad hoc committees. Members of the public may . . .

Alison Levy Named Director of Office of Technical and Information Services

June 01, 2022
Portrait of Alison Levy Alison Levy has been named the new Director of the Office of Technical and Information Services (OTIS) at the U.S. Access Board. She succeeds Dave Yanchulis who retired in April after 36 years with the Board. In this role, Levy will . . .

U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights Releases Series of Videos on Digital Accessibility in Education

May 26, 2022
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a 20-part video series covering a variety of topics on digital access in education, including ways people with disabilities use technology, applicable federal regulations, and identifying and remediating barriers to access. OCR partnered with . . .

U.S. Access Board Seeks Information on Low Transfer Surface Height for Medical Diagnostic Equipment

May 19, 2022
The U.S. Access Board currently has an open comment period through May 27, 2022 regarding the appropriate low-height of medical diagnostic equipment with transfer surfaces, including examination tables and chairs and diagnostic imaging medical equipment with tables, so that the equipment can be adjusted to accommodate the broadest range of users. As indicated in . . .

U.S. Access Board Mourns Passing of Former Board Member Shelley Siegel

May 12, 2022
Portrait of Shelley Siegel With deep sorrow, the U.S. Access Board announces the passing of former Board Member Shelley Siegel, FASID of Lake Worth. Appointed to the Board in 2016 by President Barack Obama, Siegel used her tenure with the Board to regulate and implement the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and assist with the Board’s final rules on medical diagnostic equipment, information and communication technology, and buses and vans. She passed on . . .

U.S. Access Board Meeting and Webcast in May

April 19, 2022
All are welcome to attend the next bimonthly meeting of the U.S. Access Board, which will be open to the public and take place virtually on May 11 from 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. (ET). The agenda for the meeting includes recognition of outgoing Board members, introduction of new Board member appointees, brief reports from standing and ad hoc Board committees and the Executive Director, and remarks from Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the U.S. Department of Justice. . . .

U.S. Access Board to Host Virtual Public Meeting on Low Transfer Surface Height for Medical Diagnostic Equipment

April 13, 2022
Image of MRI equipment The U.S. Access Board will hold a virtual public information meeting on accessible medical diagnostic equipment (MDE) and the adjustability of transfer surfaces for patients who use wheelchairs on May 12, 2022 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (ET). The Board is hosting this meeting to gather information on the minimum heights that MDE with transfer surfaces, including . . .

Director of Office of Technical and Information Services Dave Yanchulis to Retire in April

April 07, 2022
Portrait of Dave Yanchulis Dave Yanchulis, the U.S. Access Board’s Director of Office of Technical and Information Services (OTIS), will retire from federal service at the end of this month. A Board employee for over 36 years, Yanchulis served in various capacities, including many years as an Accessibility Specialist. He was active in the development and update of . . .

Department of Justice Issues Web Accessibility Guidance Under the ADA

March 21, 2022
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has published guidance on web accessibility and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to inform state and local governments and businesses open to the public on how to ensure their websites are accessible to people with disabilities. This guidance uses plain language and clear examples to . . .

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