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Guides for ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards

June 13, 2014 in Community News

 

 

Online Guide to the ADA and ABA Standards Available

In April, the Board released the first installment of a series of online guides to the ADA and ABA Accessibility Access_BoardStandards. The Guide to the ADA Standards covers design requirements that apply to places of public accommodation, commercial facilities, and state and local government facilities subject to the ADA in new construction, alterations, and additions. The Guide to the ABA Standards addresses similar standards that apply under the ABA to facilities that are designed, constructed, altered, or leased with federal funds.

The released guides cover the first three chapters of the standards, including application and use of the standards (Chapter 1), scoping in new construction, alterations, and additions (Chapter 2), and basic “building block” technical provisions (Chapter 3). In addition, there is a a series of animations that address wheelchair maneuvering, doors and entrances, and accessible toilet and bathing facilities. Future installments to the guides will be published as they become available. Users can sign-up to receive email updates on the release of new technical guides in the series.

Thanks to the United States Access Board

 

New Online ABA Complaint Form Available for Public Review

December 20, 2012 in Advocacy & Access, Community News, Disability Law

The ABA, one of the first laws passed by Congress addressing access for people with disabilities, requires that federally funded facilities be accessible according to established standards. The law applies to facilities designed, built or altered with Federal dollars or leased by Federal agencies. The ABA covers a wide range of government buildings, including post offices, social security offices, and Federal office buildings. It also applies to non-Federal buildings that are federally funded, such as schools, transit stations, local courthouses and jails, and public housing.

The Board enforces the accessibility standards of the ABA through the investigation of complaints from the public. Upon receipt of a complaint, the Board opens an investigation to determine whether the facility in question is covered by the ABA and if so, whether it meets the applicable accessibility standards. If a covered facility is not in compliance, the Board will pursue a corrective action plan and monitor the case until all necessary work is completed.

The new online submission form will make it easier and more convenient for the public to file ABA complaints with the Board. It also will improve how the Board monitors and tracks complaints. Members of the public are invited to view and try out the proposed complaint form which is available for comment until February 15. A published notice provides further details, including instructions on submitting feedback. The new form, which replaces an earlier one previously made available on the Board’s site, will be launched under procedures that Federal agencies must follow in collecting information from the public.

For further information, contact Lisa Fairhall, the Board’s Deputy General Counsel at fairhall@access-board.gov, (202)272-0046 (voice), (202) 272-0064 or visit the Board’s website.


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