September 7, 2010 

Chicago Events

September 29

4:00 – 5:00 Public Reception at         Access Living 115 W. Chicago Ave.

September 30

   Courtyard  Magnificent Mile         165 East Ontario Street

9:30 - 12:00 Public Hearing on Updated ADA Guidelines for Buses and Vans

1:30 - 4:30         Listening Session  on Improving Access to Federal Information Technology

The Access Board will hold public events in Chicago on September 29 and 30 as part of its yearly out-of-town meeting.  The agenda includes a community-wide reception  on September 29 and, on the following day, a public hearing on the Board’s proposed update of its ADA guidelines for buses and vans and an open forum on ways to improve access to information technology in the Federal sector.

Community Reception at Access Living (Sept. 29, 4:00 – 5:00)   The Board and Access Living, one of the nation’s preeminent Independent Living Centers, will host a free  community-wide   reception at Access Living’s offices.

Public Hearing on Updated Guidelines for Buses and Vans (Sept. 30, 9:30 – 12:00)   The public hearing will provide an opportunity for interested parties to comment on a Board proposal to update sections of its ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Transportation Vehicles covering  buses and vans.  The proposed updates, which the Board published for comment on July 26, address new types of systems, such as bus rapid transit and low floor buses, and advances in technology, including automation of announcements.  In addition to a new organization and format, the proposed guidelines revise specifications for vehicle ramps, circulation routes, wheelchair spaces, and securement systems.  The Board will hold a second hearing on the proposal on November 8 in Washington, D.C.  A published notice provides additional details about the hearings.

Public Forum on Information Technology in the Federal Sector (Sept. 30, 1:30 – 4:30)   As part of a new administration initiative, members of the Chief Information Officers Council will join the Board in conducting the first in a series of listening sessions on ways to promote access to information technology (IT) in the Federal sector under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.  Questions to be explored through this session include:

  • What can the federal government do to use technology in new and better ways and to influence technology accessibility?
  • What can technology do to improve access and opportunities for people with disabilities and enhance their interaction with the federal government?
  • Are there emerging technologies being used by the federal government that people feel left out of?

Members of the public are invited to attend the session to offer their ideas for improving IT accessibility or to share access concerns. Feedback from this session and future ones will be shared with responsible agencies to implement improvements.

The public hearing and forum will be held at the Courtyard Marriott Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago.  For more information, contact Kathy Johnson 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.