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U.S. Access Board’s January Meeting to Address Access to Virtual Platforms

December 21, 2020
The widespread transition to telework due to the coronavirus pandemic has made use of virtual meetings and conferences commonplace. It is important that platforms for remote events are inclusive of everyone. The Board’s January meeting, which is open to the public, will feature . . .

Dr. Sachin Dev Pavithran Named Executive Director of the U.S. Access Board

December 08, 2020
Portrait of Dr. Sachin Dev Pavithran The U.S. Access Board has named Dr. Sachin Dev Pavithran as its new Executive Director. Dr. Pavithran, a member of the Board for eight years, succeeds David M. Capozzi, who retired in June. “I am both excited and humbled to lead an agency that has done so much to make our world a more welcoming and inclusive place for everyone,” Dr. Pavithran stated. “I look forward to helping the agency build upon its notable accomplishments so that it can continue to provide leadership in accessibility both in the U.S. and across the globe.” Dr. Pavithran has served as . . .

U.S. Access Board Launches New Website

November 16, 2020
Screenshot of the Board's new home page The U.S. Access Board has redesigned and updated its website at The new site features a streamlined design to make information easier to find. New menus and cross links enhance navigation of key resources, including the ADA Accessibility Standards and the Section 508 . . .

November 2020 Board Meeting

November 16, 2020
All are welcome to attend the next bimonthly meeting of the U.S. Access Board, which will be open to the public and take place virtually on November 18 from 3:00 to 4:15 (ET). The agenda includes brief reports from . . .

Access Board Resolves 55 Architectural Barriers Act Cases Through Corrective Action in FY 2020

October 26, 2020
The Access Board was created in part to enforce the first federal law to address accessibility, the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) of 1968. This law requires access . . .

Access Board Seeks Senior Compliance Specialist

August 28, 2020
The Access Board seeks a Senior Compliance Specialist (GS 14) to serve in its Office of the General Counsel. The position is open to current or former federal . . .

September 2020 Board Meeting

August 12, 2020
All are welcome to attend the next bimonthly meeting of the U.S. Access Board, which will be open to the public and take place virtually on September 16 from 1:00 to 3:00 (ET). The agenda includes brief reports from . . .

Join the Access Board for a Virtual Celebration of the ADA on July 29

July 13, 2020
Celebrating 30 years of the ADA 1990-2020, Pres. Bush signing the ADA The Access Board will celebrate the ADA’s 30th anniversary with a virtual public meeting on July 29 from 1:30 – 3:00 (ET). The event will feature discussion of the ADA and its achievements with guest speakers and Access Board members. It will start off with a documentary that provides a vivid picture of the world before the ADA, including widespread discrimination of people with disabilities and early achievements of the disability rights movement. This virtual meeting is open to . . .

Board Extends Comment Period for Update of Rail Vehicle Guidelines

May 05, 2020
The Board has extended the comment period another two months to allow additional time for interested parties to submit feedback, as indicated in . . .

Access Board Issues Guidance on Toilet and Bathing Facilities and Drinking Fountains

May 05, 2020
Composite screenshot of first page from three technical bulletins. The Access Board has released technical bulletins on accessibility to restrooms, bathing facilities, and drinking fountains. This material explains specifications for water closets, toilet compartments, showers, bathtubs, and drinking fountains in the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards. Each guide clarifies common sources of confusion, answers frequently asked questions, and offers recommendations for best practice. Examples of compliant restrooms and bathing rooms are included to illustrate how various requirements can be met. These bulletins are the latest installment to . . .