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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

Access Board to Assess Feasibility of Wheelchair Restraint Systems on Aircraft

October 15, 2019
Airplane image The inability to use one’s wheelchair on airplanes makes air travel very difficult, if not impossible, for many people with disabilities. It requires multiple transfers between boarding chairs and aircraft seats, posing injury risks. Airline seats are a poor alternative to personal wheelchairs which are typically customized for the user’s safety . . .

ABA Complaint and Grassroots Campaign Result in Access to Popular Texas Dam

August 29, 2019
In 2017, the Access Board received a complaint about the accessibility of the Canyon Dam’s service road. Created by construction of the Canyon Dam on the Guadalupe River, Canyon lake and surrounding parkland is a favorite site for swimming, boating, fishing, as well as camping and hiking. A prized feature is a service road atop the dam that is also enjoyed by many in the area as a scenic walkway. The Board opened an investigation with . . .

Access Board Releases Voluntary Guidelines for Onboard Wheelchairs for Public Comment

August 20, 2019
Onboard Chair The Access Board Board has released for public comment advisory guidelines for wheelchairs used on commercial passenger aircraft during flight. These onboard wheelchairs are provided by air carriers as a means of facilitating the transfer of passengers with disabilities to aircraft lavatories since personal wheelchairs cannot be used in the cabin. The Department of Transportation (DOT) has expressed its intention to supplement its . . .

Board to Hold Town Hall Meeting and Training in Indianapolis on May 21

April 17, 2019
Indianapolis The Access Board will hold a town hall meeting in Indianapolis on the afternoon of May 21 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The event will provide an open forum where members of the public can pose questions to the Board or share comments or concerns about accessibility for people with disabilities. There also will be panel . . .

Karen Tamley Elected Access Board Chair

March 15, 2019
The Access Board unanimously elected Board Member Karen Tamley as its new Chair on March 13. Tamley, who completed a term as Board Vice Chair, has served . . .

Access Board ABA Case Results in Improved Access to Historic Federal Building

March 06, 2019
The General Services Administration (GSA) has improved access to the Joel W. Solomon Federal Building and United States Court House in Chattanooga, Tennessee in response to a complaint filed with the Board under the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA). Completed in 1933, the historic building is a notable example of the . . .

In Memoriam: President George H.W. Bush

December 03, 2018
George HW Bush As President, George H.W. Bush enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, a landmark law that bans discrimination on the basis of disability and treats accessibility for people with disabilities as a civil right. He considered the ADA one of his proudest achievements as President and made its implementation a priority of his administration. The ADA serves as one of the most enduring legacies of his presidency and his long career in public service. Read the full text of . . .

Access Board Resolves 43 Architectural Barriers Act Cases Through Corrective Action in FY 2018

November 05, 2018
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 Holds Public Forum Meeting on Assembly Areas

September 21, 2018
People seated around a board room table On September 6, the Access Board held a day-long public forum on accessibility of assembly areas. The event brought together experts on the subject and various stakeholders to advise the Board on how to explain and clarify requirements in the ADA Standards in a technical guide it plans to develop on the subject. Accessibility consultants, people with disabilities, architects and designers, engineers, and facility operators participated in the meeting. Attendees included representatives from the Hearing Loss Association of America and . . .

Access Board Hosts Dialogue on Accessibility with Australian Experts

November 20, 2017
On November 13, the U.S. Access Board held a day-long workshop comparing how building accessibility is addressed in Australia and the U.S. It featured . . .