U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights Releases Series of Videos on Digital Accessibility in Education
May 26, 2022
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a 20-part video series covering a variety of topics on digital access in education, including ways people with disabilities use technology, applicable federal regulations, and identifying and remediating barriers to access. OCR partnered with . . .
U.S. Access Board Seeks Information on Low Transfer Surface Height for Medical Diagnostic Equipment
May 19, 2022
The U.S. Access Board currently has an open comment period through May 27, 2022 regarding the appropriate low-height of medical diagnostic equipment with transfer surfaces, including examination tables and chairs and diagnostic imaging medical equipment with tables, so that the equipment can be adjusted to accommodate the broadest range of users. As indicated in . . .
U.S. Access Board Mourns Passing of Former Board Member Shelley Siegel
May 12, 2022
With deep sorrow, the U.S. Access Board announces the passing of former Board Member Shelley Siegel, FASID of Lake Worth. Appointed to the Board in 2016 by President Barack Obama, Siegel used her tenure with the Board to regulate and implement the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and assist with the Board’s final rules on medical diagnostic equipment, information and communication technology, and buses and vans. She passed on . . .
U.S. Access Board Meeting and Webcast in May
April 19, 2022
All are welcome to attend the next bimonthly meeting of the U.S. Access Board, which will be open to the public and take place virtually on May 11 from 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. (ET). The agenda for the meeting includes recognition of outgoing Board members, introduction of new Board member appointees, brief reports from standing and ad hoc Board committees and the Executive Director, and remarks from Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the U.S. Department of Justice. . . .
U.S. Access Board to Host Virtual Public Meeting on Low Transfer Surface Height for Medical Diagnostic Equipment
April 13, 2022
The U.S. Access Board will hold a virtual public information meeting on accessible medical diagnostic equipment (MDE) and the adjustability of transfer surfaces for patients who use wheelchairs on May 12, 2022 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (ET). The Board is hosting this meeting to gather information on the minimum heights that MDE with transfer surfaces, including . . .
Director of Office of Technical and Information Services Dave Yanchulis to Retire in April
April 07, 2022
Dave Yanchulis, the U.S. Access Board’s Director of Office of Technical and Information Services (OTIS), will retire from federal service at the end of this month. A Board employee for over 36 years, Yanchulis served in various capacities, including many years as an Accessibility Specialist. He was active in the development and update of . . .
Department of Justice Issues Web Accessibility Guidance Under the ADA
March 21, 2022
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has published guidance on web accessibility and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to inform state and local governments and businesses open to the public on how to ensure their websites are accessible to people with disabilities. This guidance uses plain language and clear examples to . . .
Department of Transportation to Hold Public Meeting on Air Travel by Persons Who Use Wheelchairs
March 17, 2022
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will host a virtual public meeting regarding air travel by persons who use wheelchairs on March 24 from 10:15 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (ET). This meeting is an opportunity to listen and learn from persons who use wheelchairs on the difficulties that they encounter during air travel and for . . .
NHTSA Finalizes Rule to Improve Auto Accessibility for People with Disabilities
March 10, 2022
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has finalized a new that would improve equity and mobility for drivers and passengers with disabilities. This final rulemaking allows . . .
Taryn Mackenzie Williams Elected U.S. Access Board Chair
March 09, 2022
The U.S. Access Board elected Board Member Taryn Williams as its new Chair on March 7. Williams serves as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy. In this position, she advises . . .
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