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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 Issues Final Rule on Public Right-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines

August 08, 2023
Wheelchair user crossing the street in the crosswalk Pedestrians with disabilities throughout the United States continue to face major challenges in travel because many sidewalks, crosswalks, and other pedestrian facilities are inaccessible. Today, the U.S. Access Board addressed this inequity by issuing a final rule on accessibility guidelines for pedestrian facilities in the public right-of-way. These guidelines . . .

U.S. Access Board Extends Public Comment Period on Final Specification for Low Transfer Surface Height of Medical Diagnostic Equipment

August 02, 2023
Medical room with diagnostic equipment The U.S. Access Board has extended its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on standards for accessible medical diagnostic equipment (MDE) for 30 days. The NPRM addresses one provision on the low transfer surface height for certain types of MDE used by patients in a supine, prone, side-lying, or seated position. Public comments for the NPRM are due by August 31, 2023. The MDE Accessibility Standards require . . .

U.S. Department of Transportation Finalizes Rule on Accessible Airline Lavatories for Wheelchair Users

July 27, 2023
On the 33rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a new rule which requires airline lavatories to be more accessible. This rulemaking, authorized by the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA), would require airlines to make lavatories . . .

National Institutes of Health (NIH) RADx Tech Publishes Comprehensive Best Practices for the Design of Accessible COVID-19 Home Tests

July 27, 2023
Line drawings of a swab inserted into a nostril and a fluid vial held between fingertips with blue arrows. Available now and hosted by the U.S. Access Board, the Best Practices for the Design of Accessible COVID-19 Home Tests document aims to ensure that more people can access and use COVID-19 home tests, including those who are blind or have low vision, limited dexterity or fine motor skills, and the aging population. This comprehensive Best Practices document details . . .

U.S. Access Board Holds Town Hall Meeting at National Federation of the Blind in Baltimore

July 26, 2023
Board members seated at a head table and members of the public in chairs facing the head table. Yesterday, the U.S. Access Board held its 2023 town hall meeting at the national headquarters of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) in Baltimore, MD. Eleven presidentially appointed Public Board Members were present, as well as Federal Member and Board Vice-Chair Katy Kale, Deputy Administrator at the General Services Administration (GSA), and . . .

U.S. Access Board Commemorates the 33rd Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

July 26, 2023
George H.W. Bush signing the ADA in 1990 Today marks the 33rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), our nation’s first comprehensive civil rights law for people with disabilities that impacts millions of Americans. The ADA bans discrimination based on disability in the private sector and the state and local government sectors and requires access for all Americans to programs and services, facilities, transportation, employment, and communication. The U.S. Access Board celebrates the ADA, which extended the Board's mission to . . .

U.S. Access Board Visits Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating Adaptive Boating Center

July 25, 2023
Access Board members and staff on Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating sailboat on Chesapeake Bay. Yesterday, U.S. Access Board members and staff visited Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating (CRAB) Adaptive Boating Center in Annapolis, MD to learn about CRAB’s new accessible boathouse and marina and adaptive boating program for people with disabilities. Over the last five years, CRAB consulted with several organizations, including the Board and its Accessibility Specialists who provided technical assistance in the accessible design of the facility. With its grand opening on May 2 of this year, the Center offers . . .

U.S. Access Board Mourns Passing of Former Board Member Carl Lewis

June 28, 2023
Portrait of Carl Lewis With deep sorrow, the U.S. Access Board announces the passing of former Board Member Carl Lewis. Appointed to the Board in 1996 by President Bill Clinton, Lewis used his tenure with the agency to advance its mission and was a key contributor to revising and updating . . .

HUD's Office of Fair Housing/Equal Opportunity to Provide Training on The Design and Construction Requirements of the Fair Housing Act: Accessible Public and Common-Use Areas

June 13, 2023
Logo of Fair Housing Accessibility First The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Fair Housing/Equal Opportunity will provide a virtual training on the design and construction requirements of the Fair Housing Act (FHA) on June 27, 2023 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (ET). This session will address . . .

Livestream Available for Virtual Attendance to U.S. Access Board Town Hall Meeting in Baltimore

June 05, 2023
Members of the public are welcome to virtually attend the U.S. Access Board’s in-person public town hall meeting on Tuesday, July 25 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. (ET) at the national headquarters of the National Federation of the Blind in Baltimore, Maryland. To ensure all can participate, the town hall meeting will be broadcast live via Zoom for . . .