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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 . . .

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 . . .