August 10, 2018

   ABA 50th 1968 - 2018
  The Board and GSA will conduct a webinar on September 6th on the standards used to enforce the ABA and the Board’s enforcement process. 

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA), the first federal law to address accessibility for people with disabilities. Passed unanimously by Congress in 1968, the law requires facilities funded by the federal government to be accessible. The Access Board was created to enforce the ABA, which it continues to do to this day. The Board also issues and maintains accessibility guidelines for facilities covered by the law.

The public is invited to join the Access Board for a celebration of the ABA on September 7 from 1:30 – 3:30 at the Board’s conference space. The event will feature Judith Heumann, Senior Fellow at the Ford Foundation, and other guest speakers, including representatives from federal agencies that issue accessibility standards under the ABA. The Board will also unveil an exhibit on the ABA and the first accessibility standards in the U.S. The event will be streamed live online. A complimentary reception will immediately follow.

Registration is not required. Direct any questions to Dave Yanchulis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (202) 272-0026 (v), or (202) 272-0027 (TTY).

A Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Architectural Barriers Act Add to Calendar
September 7, 1:30 – 3:30 (ET)
Webcast link:
Access Board Conference Center
1331 F Street, NW, Suite 800
Washington, D.C.
Note: For the comfort of all participants and to promote a fragrance-free environment, attendees are requested not to use perfume, cologne, or other fragrances.