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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 . . .

Department of Transportation to Hold Public Meeting on Air Travel by Persons Who Use Wheelchairs

March 17, 2022
Airplane departing The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will host a virtual public meeting regarding air travel by persons who use wheelchairs on March 24 from 10:15 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (ET). This meeting is an opportunity to listen and learn from persons who use wheelchairs on the difficulties that they encounter during air travel and for . . .

NHTSA Finalizes Rule to Improve Auto Accessibility for People with Disabilities

March 10, 2022
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has finalized a new that would improve equity and mobility for drivers and passengers with disabilities. This final rulemaking allows . . .

Taryn Mackenzie Williams Elected U.S. Access Board Chair

March 09, 2022
The U.S. Access Board elected Board Member Taryn Williams as its new Chair on March 7. Williams serves as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy. In this position, she advises . . .

U.S. Access Board Provides Recommendations and Resources to Assist Federal Agencies in Advancing Priorities for Accessibility

March 08, 2022
Under Executive Order on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) in the Federal Workforce (14035), federal agencies must ensure that their workplaces are fully accessible to all employees, including those with disabilities. To assist agencies in promoting and enhancing accessibility in their DEIA Strategic Plans, the Board has developed . . .

U.S. Access Board Staff Present at Conferences, Webinars, and Meetings

March 01, 2022
U.S. Access Board staff presented at conferences, webinars, and meetings to enhance participants’ knowledge on accessibility standards and advance inclusion for people with disabilities. Board staff presented on various topics, such as accessibility in the federal workplace, accessible voting and . . .

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 . . .