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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.

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

May 23, 2023
Medical room with diagnostic equipment Medical diagnostic care is essential to everyone, including people with disabilities, and often requires people to transfer onto diagnostic equipment, such as examination tables and chairs, for evaluation. Historically, medical diagnostic equipment (MDE) has been, and continues to be, inaccessible to many people in wheelchairs, which can lead to misdiagnosis or barriers to basic care and examinations. The U.S. Access Board has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on standards for accessible medical diagnostic equipment regarding . . .

U.S. Access Board Celebrates Global Accessibility Awareness Day

May 18, 2023
Map of Earth with countries are outlined and filled with nodes and connectors Today, the U.S. Access Board celebrates the 12th annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), a day dedicated to conversations and learning about digital access and inclusion for people with disabilities. The Board is a leading source of information on accessible design, including access to information and communication technology (ICT) under . . .

U.S. Access Board Staff to Present at National Federation of the Blind’s Global Accessibility Awareness Day Webinar on Section 508

May 16, 2023
Portrait of Kathy Eng U.S. Access Board Senior ICT Accessibility Specialist Kathy Eng will present at National Federation of the Blind’s (NFB) Global Accessibility Awareness Day webinar on May 18, 2023 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. (ET). This webinar will review . . .

HUD's Office of Fair Housing/Equal Opportunity to Provide Training on The Design and Construction Requirements of the Fair Housing Act: Technical Overview Part 2

May 02, 2023
Logo of Fair Housing Accessibility First The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Fair Housing/Equal Opportunity will provide a virtual training on the design and construction requirements of the Fair Housing Act (FHA) on May 16, 2023 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (ET). This session will provide an overview of . . .

HUD Seeks Public Comment on Changes to Requiring Accessibility and Prohibiting Discrimination on the Basis of Disability in HUD-Assisted Programs

April 27, 2023
HUD logo The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) seeks public comment on potential changes to its regulation implementing Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act for recipients of HUD federal financial assistance. Section 504 prohibits discrimination on . . .

ACL’s National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research to Host Stakeholder Follow-up Webinar

April 13, 2023
ACL logo The Administration for Community Living’s National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) will host a webinar on themes and priorities for its new 2024-2028 Long-Range Plan on April 19, 2023 from 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. (ET). The webinar presentation is based on comments and input from the disability community . . .

U.S. Access Board Seeks Accessibility Specialist

April 12, 2023
Access Board seal The U.S. Access Board seeks an Accessibility Specialist (GS 11-12) to serve in its Office of Technical and Information Services. This Accessibility Specialist will be responsible for providing . . .

Josh Schorr Named U.S. Access Board’s Training Coordinator

April 11, 2023
Portrait of Josh Schorr Josh Schorr has been appointed Training Coordinator in the Office of Technical and Information Services at the U.S. Access Board. In this role, Schorr will oversee the agency's training program by fielding . . .

The U.S. Office of Management and Budget Updates Criteria and Instructions for Government-wide Section 508 Reporting

April 10, 2023
The U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has provided updated criteria and instructions for federal agencies to report on the implementation of Section 508. Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requires federal departments and agencies to develop, procure, maintain, or use information and communications technology (ICT) that is accessible to people with disabilities and . . .

U.S. Access Board to Hold Town Hall Meeting in Baltimore

March 30, 2023
Baltimore skyline The U.S. Access Board will hold a 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. Presidentially appointed Access Board members and representatives from other federal member agencies will be present to . . .