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U.S. Access Board Resolves 99 Architectural Barriers Act Cases Through Corrective Action in FYs 2022 and 2023

October 31, 2023
Front of Robert Jackson Courthouse in Buffalo, NY The U.S. Access Board investigated 99 cases under the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) of 1968 that were resolved through corrective action in Fiscal Years (FY) 2022 and 2023. The ABA requires access to buildings or facilities that were designed, built, or altered with federal dollars or leased by federal agencies. The Board enforces the ABA through . . .

U.S. Access Board Staff to Provide Presentations and Trainings at National Conferences to Celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 18, 2023
Department of Labor's NDEAM poster. The words, “Advancing Access & Equity, National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Celebrating 50 years of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973” are placed to the right of a field of red, gray, teal, blue and yellow arrows. Mixed within the arrows are diverse images of people with disabilities in workplace settings. October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), which celebrates the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities and showcases supportive, inclusive employment policies and practices. The U.S. Department of Labor themed this year’s NDEAM observance as “Advancing Access and Equity: Then, Now and Next,” and U.S. Access Board staff will provide presentations and trainings to promote accessibility and educate the public, organizations, and . . .

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 . . .