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U.S. Access Board Staff Present at Conferences, Forums, and Meetings during National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)

November 01, 2021
During National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), U.S. Access Board staff presented at conferences, forums, and events to advance accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities. Board staff presented on various topics, such as the President’s Executive Orders, emerging technology and trends, information and communication technology resources, and the guidelines and standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Architectural Barriers Act of 1973 (ABA), and . . .

NIST Seeks Public Comment on Recommendations for Promoting Access to Voting for People with Disabilities

October 27, 2021
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) requests public comments on the Draft of Promoting Access to Voting: Recommendations for Addressing Barriers to Private and Independent Voting for People with Disabilities. Under Executive Order 14019 on Promoting Access to Voting, NIST is . . .

U.S. Access Board Issues Technical Bulletins on Lavatories and Sinks, Washing Machines and Clothes Dryers, and Saunas and Steam Rooms

October 21, 2021
The U.S. Access Board has released technical bulletins on accessibility to lavatories and sinks, washing machines and clothes dryers, and saunas and steam rooms. This material addresses specifications for clear floor space, knee and toe space, forward and side reach, operable parts, height, turning space, benches, and doors in the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards. Each bulletin clarifies common sources of confusion, answers frequently asked questions, and offers recommendations for best practice. Examples of compliant lavatories, sinks, washing machines, clothes dryers, saunas, and steam rooms are . . .

U.S. Access Board to Host Virtual Event on Designing for Inclusion: Architectural Trends and Social Justice

October 14, 2021
The U.S. Access Board will host a virtual public event on architectural trends and social justice on November 10 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm (ET). The event will feature presentations by Board Members Karen Braitmayer and Deborah Ryan who will provide an accessibility review of current trends in architectural design, including those that have emerged in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They will highlight aspects of those trends that advance equity and inclusion and discuss . . .

USDA TARGET Center Hosts Month-Long Virtual Sessions for 2021 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)

October 06, 2021
Image of map of United States with about 100 people populated within it and text that reads During the month of October, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Technology & Accessible Resources Give Employment Today (TARGET) Center is hosting a series of virtual sessions on understanding disability‑related initiatives, current trends, and new technology that . . .

U.S. Access Board Mourns Passing of Former Board Member Marilyn Golden

September 28, 2021
With deep sorrow, the U.S. Access Board announces the passing of former Board Member Marilyn Golden. Appointed to the Board in 1996 by President Bill Clinton, she was a member until 2005. Golden’s advocacy work on disability rights spanned four decades, and she had been serving as senior policy analyst for the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF) before her passing . . .

U.S. Access Board Holds Public Briefing on Study on the Feasibility of Wheelchair Securement Systems in Passenger Aircraft

September 23, 2021
Airplane departing The U.S. Access Board held a public briefing yesterday on the results of a Board-sponsored study on the feasibility of installing wheelchair securement systems on passenger aircraft conducted by the Transportation Research Board (TRB). The event featured presentations by . . .

TRB Issues Report on the Feasibility of Wheelchair Securement Systems on Passenger Aircraft

September 15, 2021
Airplane departing In the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act, Congress called on the U.S. Access Board to examine the feasibility of wheelchair securement systems for passenger use in airplane cabins. In response, the Access Board commissioned the Transportation Research Board (TRB), of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, to conduct . . .

Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Updated to Incorporate Revised 508 Standards

September 13, 2021
Keyboard with Section 508 key highlighted in blue On August 11, 2021, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council issued a final rule updating the federal government’s procurement regulations to officially incorporate the U.S. Access Board’s revised Section 508 Standards. The FAR Council supplemented provisions in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) supporting the requirements for . . .

U.S. Access Board Executive Director Sachin Pavithran to Give Keynote Address at M-Enabling Summit 2021

August 31, 2021
Portrait of Sachin Pavithran with text that reads U.S. Access Board Executive Director Sachin Pavithran will deliver a keynote on perspectives on digital inclusion as related to President’s Biden Executive Order on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) in the Federal Workforce at . . .