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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

U.S. Access Board, General Services Administration, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and Veterans Affairs to Co-host 10th Annual Interagency Accessibility Forum

October 17, 2023
Annual Interagency Accessibility Forum banner that includes logos of Access Board, GSA, FDIC, Veterans Affairs, and CIO Council The 10th annual Interagency Accessibility Forum (IAAF) will be held both virtually and in-person from November 7 – 9, 2023 at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) L. William Seidman Center. Co-hosted by the U.S. Access Board, General Services Administration (GSA), Department of Veterans Affairs, and FDIC, the forum is themed “Beyond Compliance: Building a Culture of Digital Accessibility” and will include workshops, presentations, breakout sessions, and . . .

U.S. Access Board Meeting and Webcast on October 25

October 13, 2023
All are welcome to attend the next meeting of the U.S. Access Board, which will be open to the public and take place virtually on October 25 from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. (ET). The agenda for the meeting includes brief reports from standing and ad hoc Board committees and the Executive Director, federal agency updates, and a guest presentation by Dr. Bonnielin Swenor, Director of . . .

U.S. Access Board Celebrates 50th Anniversary of its Formation and the Rehabilitation Act

September 26, 2023
Logo of the U.S. Access Board is a blue and red star with the name of the agency circling the star Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in programs conducted by federal agencies, programs receiving federal financial assistance, federal employment, and the employment practices of federal contractors. It was a milestone for individuals with disabilities across the nation, and it serves as the foundation for many other disability-related legislation. Section 502 of the law also created the U.S. Access Board . . .

U.S. Access Board Mourns Passing of Former Board Member John H. Catlin

September 22, 2023
portrait of John Catlin at work desk with pen in hand With deep sorrow, the U.S. Access Board announces the passing of former Board Member John (Jack) H. Catlin, FAIA. As one of the founders of LCM Architects, Catlin was a leader in advocating for equal rights for people with disabilities and promoting accessible architecture, inclusive design, accessibility regulations, and public awareness of accessibility. In 1994, Catlin was appointed to the Board by President Bill Clinton, and he was the first architect elected to . . .

50th Anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act and Ensuring Access to Medical Diagnostic Equipment

September 20, 2023
Medical room with diagnostic equipment 2023 marks 50 years of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a foundational law for ensuring people with disabilities have access to programs and activities that are funded by federal agencies and to federal employment. On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” which includes a provision to amend the Rehabilitation Act with Section 510 that requires the U.S. Access Board to create standards to ensure . . . .

50th Anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act and Advancing Access to Information and Communication Technology

September 19, 2023
Keyboard with the 50 years ago, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 was signed into law to require access to programs and activities that are funded by federal agencies and to federal employment. Section 502 of the law created the U.S. Access Board (originally named the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board) to ensure access to . . .

U.S. Access Board Releases Training Videos on Public Right-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines

September 15, 2023
The U.S. Access Board continues to provide resources and training on the recently published final rule on public right-of-way accessibility guidelines by releasing five new videos on the Board’s YouTube Channel. These videos supplement the Board’s free technical assistance on the guidelines via . . .

Notable Changes in Public Right-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines Final Rule

September 01, 2023
Aerial view of a roundabout In 2011, the U.S. Access Board published proposed accessibility guidelines for pedestrian facilities in the public right-of-way and revised them in 2013 to include shared use paths. After reviewing hundreds of public comments, the Board issued the final rule on accessibility guidelines for pedestrian facilities in the public right-of-way on August 8, 2023. Some of the notable changes to the final rule from the versions proposed are . . .

U.S. Access Board Staff Present on Designing Accessible Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

August 24, 2023
Perspective view of two EV charging spaces sharing a center access aisle. Vehicle on the left is backed in to charging space with charger connected to driver side rear charging inlet. Vehicle on the right is pulled forward into charging space with charger connected to front vehicle charging inlet. Both EV chargers are at the head of the charging spaces and protected by green bollards. EV chargers are rotated so they both face the center access aisle. (The EV charger on the left is rotated to face the right and has clear floor space on the right, and the EV charger on the right is rotated to face the left and has clear floor space on the left). The Joint Office of Energy and Transportation hosted the webinar “Designing for Accessible EV Charging Stations,” and the recording is publicly available. The webinar included a presentation by U.S. Access Board Transportation Systems Engineer Juliet Shoultz who discussed . . .

Department of Justice Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Rule to Strengthen Web and Mobile App Access for People with Disabilities

August 15, 2023
Logo of Department of Justice The Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that aims to improve web and mobile applications (apps) access for people with disabilities and clarify how public entities, primarily state and local governments, can meet their existing ADA obligations as many of their activities shift online. The public can submit comments through October 3, 2023. . . .