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The Public Right-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG) rulemaking has concluded. The PROWAG final rule has been published in the Federal Register. Please visit the Access Board’s PROWAG page for the guidelines.

Access Board News

National Council on Disability to Host National Stakeholder Call on Health Equity Framework for People with Disabilities

February 17, 2022
Image of first page of NCD's Health Equity Framework National Council on Disability (NCD) will host a public webinar on its Health Equity Framework for People with Disabilities on February 23 from 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. (ET). After a culmination of meetings, outreach, and consultation with a multi-disciplinary team of advisors, NCD recently released its Health Equity Framework that offers a blueprint for policymakers to address . . .

Phil Bratta Named U.S. Access Board’s Public Affairs Specialist

February 15, 2022
Phil Bratta has been appointed Public Affairs Specialist for the U.S. Access Board in the Office of Executive Director (OED). In this role, Bratta will design, plan, and direct the Board’s public affairs program that includes . . .

U.S. Access Board Publishes Direct Final Rule on Standards for Medical Diagnostic Equipment

February 08, 2022
The U.S. Access Board released a direct final rule related to its standards for accessible medical diagnostic equipment (MDE) covered by Section 510 of the Rehabilitation Act. The MDE Standards, originally published in 2017, established minimum technical criteria to ensure . . .

President Biden Appoints Members to U.S. Access Board

February 08, 2022
Yesterday, President Joe Biden appointed eight new members to the U.S. Access Board. He also reappointed one incumbent Board member, Gregory S. Fehribach who is currently the Board’s Chair . . .

U.S. Access Board Seeks Supervisory Technical Services Officer

January 20, 2022
The U.S. Access Board seeks a Supervisory Technical Services Officer (GS 15) to serve in its Office of Technical and Information Services. Current or former federal employees who qualify as . . .

U.S. Access Board Hosts Virtual Event on Equity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities

January 13, 2022
The U.S. Access Board hosted the virtual public event “Equity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities” yesterday. The event featured panel presentations on standards, research, and resources related to healthcare accessibility, including inclusive medical equipment, healthcare facility design, and information technology, and communication . . .

Christopher Kuczynski Named U.S. Access Board’s General Counsel

January 13, 2022
Portrait of Christopher Kuczynski Christopher Kuczynski has been appointed General Counsel for the U.S. Access Board. He succeeds Gretchen Jacobs who retired at the end of 2021. In this role, Kuczynski will guide the Board's legal affairs and lead enforcement efforts under the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA). The Board's Office of General Counsel (OGC) provides legal expertise and counsel to the Board and staff regarding . . .

U.S. Access Board Seeks Additional Information for Advisory Guidelines for Aircraft Onboard Wheelchairs

January 04, 2022
The U.S. Access Board has reopened its public comment period on advisory guidelines for aircraft onboard wheelchairs until January 17, 2022. As indicated in a published notice, the Board seeks information on . . .

U.S. Access Board Commends Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History for New Accessible Routes

December 16, 2021
On December 15, 2021, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the installation of new sloped walkways for accessible entry on the National Mall side of the building. On behalf of the U.S. Access Board, Training Coordinator Bill Botten . . .

U.S. Access Board to Host Public Event on Equity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities

December 15, 2021
MRI diagnostic machine People with disabilities face significant barriers to accessing primary and preventative healthcare. It is vital for medical care facilities and equipment, such as exam rooms and tables, diagnostic instruments and machines, and patient bedrooms and bathrooms, to be fully accessible to people with disabilities. The U.S. Access Board will host a virtual public event on . . .