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U.S. Access Board to Host Public Briefing on Study on the Feasibility of Wheelchair Securement Systems in Passenger Aircraft

August 11, 2021
Airplane departing The inability to use one’s wheelchair on airplanes makes air travel very difficult, if not impossible, for many people with disabilities. The U.S. Access Board will host a public briefing on the Transportation Research Board's final report on September 22 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm (ET). The briefing will feature a presentation by . . .

U.S. Access Board Launches New Site for the ICT Testing Baseline for Web Accessibility

August 04, 2021
Testing information and communication technology (ICT), including websites, for accessibility is essential to ensure conformance with the Section 508 Standards that apply to ICT in the federal sector. In partnership with the General Services Administration (GSA) and the ICT Baseline Working Group in coordination with the CIO Council Accessibility Community of Practice (CIOC ACOP), the U.S. Access Board has released . . .

U.S. Access Board Releases Summary Report on AV Forum Public Forum on Inclusive Design of AVs

July 27, 2021
The U.S. Access Board has released a summary report on its four-part series of virtual meetings on making autonomous vehicles (AVs) accessible to passengers with disabilities. The report summarizes each speakers’ presentation . . .

U.S. Access Board Celebrates the 31st Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

July 26, 2021
The U.S. Access Board commemorates the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) today. Signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H.W. Bush, the ADA is a landmark piece of legislation that makes accessibility a civil right and ensures . . .

U.S. Access Board Holds Virtual Meeting on Inclusive Exercise and Fitness Equipment

July 15, 2021
Row of treadmills with person with disability walking alongside them The U.S. Access Board held its virtual public meeting on inclusive exercise and fitness equipment yesterday. The event featured panel presentations on the need for access to fitness equipment, efforts to address equipment accessibility, and implementation of inclusive fitness equipment. Invited speakers . . .

U.S. Access Board Seeks Comment on Draft Strategic Plan for FY 2022-2026

July 01, 2021
Blue arrow with The U.S. Access Board will hold a virtual forum on its draft Strategic Plan on July 13 at 2:30 – 4:00 ET for the purpose of obtaining public feedback on the agency’s goals and objectives for the next five years. The draft plan includes a new focus on . . .

U.S. Access Board to Host Panel Presentations on Inclusive Exercise and Fitness Equipment

June 16, 2021
The U.S. Access Board will host the event “Moving Forward: Access to Inclusive Fitness Equipment” on July 14 from 1:00 – 3:15 pm (ET). The virtual event will feature panel discussions on the importance and need for all people to have access to fitness equipment to increase strength, function, independence, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. It will feature presentations on . . .

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Seeks Public Input on Removing Barriers to Voting for People with Disabilities

June 16, 2021
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released for public comment a request for information (RFI) to remove barriers to voting for people with disabilities. The RFI is in response to . . .

U.S. Access Board Conducts Panel Discussions on Self-Service Transaction Machines

May 24, 2021
The U.S. Access Board hosted panel discussions on access to self-service transaction machines (SSTMs) as part of its virtual Board meeting on May 19. One panel addressed usability issues and barriers that people with sensory, cognitive, physical, or multiple disabilities encounter using kiosks, point-of-sales machines, and other SSTMs. Speakers included representatives from . . .

U.S. Access Board Celebrates Global Accessibility Awareness Day

May 20, 2021
Map of Earth with countries are outlined and filled with nodes and connectors Today, the U.S. Access Board celebrates the tenth annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day to promote discussion and learning about digital access and inclusion for people with disabilities. The Board is a leading source of information on accessible design, including . . .