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U.S. Access Board Commends Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History for New Accessible Routes

December 16, 2021
On December 15, 2021, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the installation of new sloped walkways for accessible entry on the National Mall side of the building. On behalf of the U.S. Access Board, Training Coordinator Bill Botten . . .

U.S. Access Board to Host Public Event on Equity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities

December 15, 2021
MRI diagnostic machine People with disabilities face significant barriers to accessing primary and preventative healthcare. It is vital for medical care facilities and equipment, such as exam rooms and tables, diagnostic instruments and machines, and patient bedrooms and bathrooms, to be fully accessible to people with disabilities. The U.S. Access Board will host a virtual public event on . . .

General Counsel Gretchen Jacobs to Retire in December

December 02, 2021
Portrait of Gretchen Jacobs Gretchen Jacobs, the U.S. Access Board’s General Counsel, plans to retire at the end of this year. As General Counsel, she guided the Board’s legal affairs and led enforcement efforts under the Architectural Barriers Act. Jacobs was also instrumental in . . .

U.S. Access Board Resolves 38 Architectural Barriers Act Cases Through Corrective Action in FY 2021

November 30, 2021
The U.S. Access Board investigated 38 cases under the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) of 1968 that were resolved through corrective action in FY 2021. The ABA requires access to buildings or facilities that were designed, built, or altered with . . .

DOT and U.S. Access Board to Hold Public Meeting on Onboard Wheelchairs Used on Aircraft

November 19, 2021
The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Access Board will hold a virtual public meeting on December 16 to collect information on wheelchairs that are specifically designed for use on aircraft during flights. The agencies will use this information to . . .

U.S. Access Board Seeks Public Affairs Specialist

November 16, 2021
The U.S. Access Board seeks a Public Affairs Specialist (GS 12-13) to serve in its Office of the Executive Director. Current or former federal employees who qualify as . . .

U.S. Access Board Hosts Virtual Event on Architectural Trends and Social Justice

November 15, 2021
The U.S. Access Board hosted the virtual public event “Designing for Inclusion: Architectural Trends and Social Justice” last week on November 10. Board Member Karen Braitmayer reviewed current trends in architectural design for toilet rooms, lavatories, . . .

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 . . .