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Latest Archive: April 3, 2014 » "Trusted Tester Program"-Section 508 - Department of Homeland Security

 
Communication and IT
 

Section 508 Standards Refresh (April 1, 2010)

This session will provide an overview of the Board's refresh of accessibility standards and guidelines for information and communication technologies under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Telecommunications Act. The Board is updating these requirements to address changing technologies and market trends. Board representatives will provide an update on this rulemaking and outline draft revisions to the standards and guidelines.

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"Section 508 — The Basics" (September 1, 2011)

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments requires that when Federal departments or agencies develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology, they must ensure that the technology is accessible to federal employees and members of the general public with disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the department or agency. Do you know what types of electronic and information technology is covered by Section 508? Do you have questions about how to comply with the standards? If so, this is the session for you! While the Board is presently involved with updating these standards, this session will focus on providing a basic overview of the current standards. A question and answer session will be provided at the conclusion of the session.

Presenters:

  • Tim Creagan
    Senior Accessibility Specialist/Information Technology
    US Access Board
  • Bruce Bailey
    Accessibility Specialist
    Information Technology Specialist
    US Access Board
 

Accessible Communication Elements and Features (May 3, 2012)

Standards issued under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) address accessibility to a variety of communication elements and features. Requirements address elements such as fire alarm systems, signs, telephones, detectable warnings, assistive listening systems, automatic teller machines, and two-way communication systems. This session will review the scoping and technical provisions for accessible communication elements and features in the ADA and ABA standards and highlight updates to the specifications.

Presenters:

  • Rex Pace
    Senior Accessibility Specialist and Technical Assistance Coordinator
    US Access Board
  • David Baquis
    Accessibility Specialist
    US Access Board
 

Accessible Webinars (September 6, 2012)

Access to individuals with disabilities, including those who are deaf or hard of hearing and people who are blind or have low vision must be provided. This applies whether you are participating in a webinar or presenting one. The Access Board and the Great Lakes National ADA Center has worked together in providing a monthly webinar series and has developed some technical assistance to assist others in ensuring accessibility. This session will examine the use of interactive features, captioning, audio connections, and other features as it relates to those who are planning to provide webinars as well as those who are developing webinar platforms.

Presenters:

  • Robin
  • Peggy H. Greenwell
    Accessibility Specialist
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
 

Assistive Listening Systems (October 4, 2012)

Where are they required? How do they work? What are my options? These are some of the questions posed by facility operators and designers. This session will review the requirements for assistive listening systems (ALS) in the 2010 ADA Accessibility Standards and the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standards. A detailed review of the various types of assistive listening systems and their suitability for different types of facilities will also be provided.

Presenters:

  • David Baquis
    Accessibility Specialist
    US Access Board
  • Paul Beatty
    Accessibility Specialist
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
 

Section 508 - Accessible Web Content (WCAG 2.0) (July 11, 2013)

In the 2010, the Board’s Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on Section 508 proposed to incorporate the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, also known as WCAG 2.0. The WCAG 2.0 is published and maintained by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and are the internationally recognized standards for web accessibility. WCAG is a somewhat intimidating document, and the linked hyperlinked resources can be confusing for a first time reader. This session will provide a “walk thru” of WCAG and related materials.

Presenters:

  • Bruce Bailey
    Accessibility Specialist
    Information Technology Specialist
    US Access Board
 
 

Section 508 Refresh - Using WCAG 2.0 to Evaluate Document Accessibility (December 5, 2013)

In 2010, the Board's Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) for Section 508 proposed to incorporate the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (also known as WCAG 2.0) for evaluating the accessibility of electronic documents. WCAG 2.0 is published and maintained by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and is the internationally recognized standards for web accessibility. This session will provide examples of how the WCAG success criteria can be used to catch accessibility barriers in office documents, and also how the word processor has the capacity to include accessibility features in documents.

Presenters:

  • Bruce Bailey
    Accessibility Specialist
    Information Technology Specialist
    US Access Board
  • Jutta Treviranus
    Director
    Inclusive Design Research Center-OCAD University
  • Jan Richards
    Project Manager
    Inclusive Design Research Center-OCAD University
 

"Trusted Tester Program" - Section 508 - Department of Homeland Security (April 3, 2014)

Federal agencies are responsible for accurately evaluating information and communication technology for Section 508 compliance. This webinar will provide an overview of the standards-based approach developed and used by the Department of Homeland Security for testing and evaluating Web and software applications. The presenters will discuss how their need for reliable and repeatable testing across agencies pushed them to develop the "Trusted Tester" concept.

Presenters:

  • William Peterson
    Executive Director
    Office of Accessible Systems & Technology-Department of Homeland Security
  • Tim Creagan
    Senior Accessibility Specialist/Information Technology
    US Access Board
 
Public Rights-of-Way/ Transportation
 

Accessible Sidewalks and Street Crossings (June 3, 2010)

The Board is developing new guidelines for public rights-of-way that will address various issues, including access for blind pedestrians at street crossings, wheelchair access to on-street parking, and various constraints posed by space limitations, roadway design practices, slope, and terrain. This session will discuss the most recent draft and provide an update on the status of this rulemaking.

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Vehicle Guidelines Update (August 5, 2010)

The Board originally issued its ADA Accessibility Guidelines for transportation vehicles in 1991. New technologies and vehicles have been introduced into public transportation. This session will review proposed updates to the ADA guidelines for buses and vans. Subsequent rulemaking will be undertaken to update requirements for rail cars and other types of vehicles covered by the guidelines.

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Special Session — "Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Accessibility Guidelines for Public Rights of Way" (August 9, 2011)

Special Time : 12:00-1:30 PM Eastern Time / 11:00 AM -12:30 PM Central Time

The Board plans to publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Accessibility Guidelines for Pedestrian Facilities in the Public Right-of-Way in late July 2011. The proposed guidelines ensure that sidewalks, pedestrian street crossings, pedestrian signals, and other facilities for pedestrian circulation and use located in the public right-of-way are readily accessible to and usable by pedestrians with disabilities. Revisions to previous draft guidelines are included in this NPRM along with another opportunity for public comment. This session will provide an overview of the NPRM, including major issues addressed in the notice such as alterations to existing facilities, existing facilities that are not altered, and allowances for typical roadway geometry. Time will be allotted for questions and answers.

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Accessible Transportation Facilities (August 1, 2013)

Accessibility standards for transportation facilities apply to the construction and alteration of transportation facilities covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and became effective November 29, 2006. The Department of Transportation (DOT) adopted these standards based on updated guidelines issued by the Board. This session will review the provisions for fixed guideway stations, intercity rail stations, and bus shelters along with some along with some additional requirements established by the U S Department of Justice.

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About the Access Board
 

The U.S Access Board: An Insider's Look (January 7, 2010)

The U.S. Access Board leads the development, advancement, and implementation of accessibility requirements with rulemaking responsibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA), Section 508, and the Telecommunications Act. You may not be aware of the many activities of this small independent Federal agency and the services it provides to the public. This session will provide an inside look at the Board's rulemaking efforts, enforcement of the ABA, research and training programs, and its plans for the future. If you are looking to for helpful resources and guidance on accessibility, this session is for you.

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Enforcing the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) (April 7, 2011)

Have you experienced an inaccessible entrance or other accessibility barriers when using your local post office? What about at the visitor center in a National park? The Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) covers both of these facilities and many more. Complaints about Federal facilities covered by the ABA are investigated by the Access Board. This session will explore the ABA complaint investigation process and the steps involved in resolving complaints. You will also learn about the most common barriers to accessibility in complaints received under the ABA.

Presenters:

  • Peg Blechman
    Compliance Specialist
    Office of Compliance and Enforcement
  • Jeffery Hill
    Compliance Specialist
    Office of Compliance and Enforcement
 
Building and Facilities: ADA and ABA Standards
 
General
 

Federal Facilities and the ABA Standards (February 4, 2010)

Whether you are responsible for a large project funded by the Recovery Act or the alteration of a Federal building, you need to know and follow the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Standards. This session will help familiarize you with the ABA standards and other applicable requirements with emphasis on those governing federally funded alteration and renovation projects.

Presenters:

  • Paul Beatty
    Accessibility Specialist
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
  • Thomas N. Williams
    AIA General Services Administration (GSA)
 

DOJ's 2010 ADA Accessibility Standards (September 2, 2010)

On July 26th, the Department of Justice (DOJ) released updated regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The new regulations update DOJ's ADA Accessibility Standards which govern the construction and alteration of facilities covered by the ADA, including places of public accommodation, commercial facilities, and state and local government facilities. The new standards are based on revised minimum guidelines previously established by the Access Board. DOJ representatives will review the changes in the regulations, including effective dates for new construction and alterations, provisions for existing facilities, and other topics related to the implementation of the 2010 standards. Access Board staff will follow with an overview of the major changes in the scoping and technical provisions in the updated standards, highlighting 10 of the most common questions. .

Presenters:

  • Barbara Elkin
    Attorney Advisor
    Disability Rights Section
    Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division
  • Marsha K. Mazz
    Director
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
  • Dave Yanchulis
    Coordinator of Public Affairs
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
  • Peggy H. Greenwell
    Accessibility Specialist
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
 

Open Question and Answer Session with Access Board Accessibility Specialists (May 5, 2011)

This is your chance to get answers to your "burning" questions about either the 2010 ADA Accessibility Standard or the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standard. Session participants are requested to submit questions in advance. Accessibility specialists will answer questions submitted in advance during the first half of the session, leaving time in the second half to answer questions in the live session.

Presenters:

  • Marsha K. Mazz
    Director
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
  • Dave Yanchulis
    Coordinator of Public Affairs
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
  • Peggy H. Greenwell
    Accessibility Specialist
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
  • Bill R. Botten
    Accessibility Specialist
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
 

2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design (March 1, 2012)

Are you ready? On or after March 15, 2012, the 2010 ADA Standards must be used for all new construction or alterations to facilities covered by the ADA. This session will be an opportunity to better familiarize you with the new standards and the changes from the 1991 standards. Accessibility specialists will focus on more frequently asked questions about the 2010 ADA Accessibility Standards and other areas where guidance is often requested.

Presenters:

  • Peggy H. Greenwell
    Accessibility Specialist
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
  • Rex Pace
    Senior Accessibility Specialist and Technical Assistance Coordinator
    US Access Board
  • Dave Yanchulis
    Coordinator of Public Affairs
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
 

Accessibility Standards: "The Basics" (April 5, 2012)

Whether you follow the 2010 ADA Standard or the Architectural Barriers Act Standard, the application of the "building block" provisions contained in Chapter 3 are critical in designing accessible elements and spaces. These provisions provide criteria for ground and floor surfaces, turning spaces, clear floor and ground spaces, knee and toe clearances, protruding objects, reach ranges, and operable parts. This session will review how to apply these criteria and provide guidance on some common errors in design.

Presenters:

  • Jim Pecht
    Accessibility Specialist/Librarian
    US Access Board
  • Dave Yanchulis
    Coordinator of Public Affairs
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
 

Accessible Medical Diagnostic Equipment (December 6, 2012)

The Board recently released for public comment accessibility standards for medical diagnostic equipment. Developed under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the proposed standards address access for people with disabilities to examination tables and chairs, weight scales, mammography equipment, and other equipment used for diagnostic purposes. The standards provide design criteria that will allow independent access to diagnostic equipment, including types that require transfer from wheelchairs and other mobility aids. Provisions address transfer surfaces, support rails, armrests, compatibility with lift devices, and other features to facilitate transfer. This session will provide an overview and update on the status of this important rulemaking.

Presenters:

  • Rex Pace
    Senior Accessibility Specialist and Technical Assistance Coordinator
    US Access Board
  • Earlene Sesker
    Accessibility Specialist
    US Access Board
 

Open Questions and Answers Session (March 7, 2013)

Back by popular demand! This is your chance to get answers to your "burning" questions about either the 2010 ADA Accessibility Standard or the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standard. Session participants are requested to submit questions in advance. Accessibility specialists will answer questions submitted in advance during the first half of the session, leaving time in the second half to answer questions in the live session.

Presenters:

  • Marsha K. Mazz
    Director
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
  • Bill R. Botten
    Accessibility Specialist
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
  • Rex Pace
    Senior Accessibility Specialist and Technical Assistance Coordinator
    US Access Board
 

Open Question and Answer Session (September 4, 2013)

The format of this popular session has been changed slightly based on your feedback. The session will be an “open” question and answer session whereby the presenters will accept questions on a diversity of topics including the 2010 ADA Accessibility Standard, the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standard, Section 508, Medical Diagnostic Equipment, Public Rights of Way, or other Board rulemakings or activities. In order to allow time to accommodate questions during the live session the presenters will select questions from among the first 50 submitted in advance on the www.accessibilityonline.org/Pre-SessionQuestions website. This will allow sufficient time for the Board’s accessibility and information technology specialists to develop the answers to the “advance” questions prior to the live session. The presenters will respond to questions submitted via the chat area within the webinar platform on the day of the session as time allows.

Presenters:

  • Marsha K. Mazz
    Director
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
  • Rex Pace
    Senior Accessibility Specialist and Technical Assistance Coordinator
    US Access Board
  • Tim Creagan
    Senior Accessibility Specialist/Information Technology
    US Access Board
 

Accessible Alterations (January 9, 2014)

Provisions in both the 2010 ADA Standard and the ABA Accessibility Standard apply to buildings and facilities when an "alteration" is undertaken. The session will provide an overview for applying the technical and scoping provisions when altering and more specifically address "alterations affecting primary function areas" and other special scoping and technical provisions applicable when altering.

Presenters:

  • Dave Yanchulis
    Coordinator of Public Affairs
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
  • Jim Pecht
    Accessibility Specialist/Librarian
    US Access Board
 

Open Questions and Answers (March 6, 2014)

Back by popular demand! Accessibility specialists and information technology specialists from the Access Board are available to answer your burning questions during this session. Session participants are requested to submit questions in advance on the 2010 ADA Accessibility Standard, the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standard, Section 508, Medical Diagnostic Equipment or other Board rulemakings or activities. Accessibility specialists will answer questions submitted in advance during the first half of the session, leaving time in the second half to answer questions in the live session.

Presenters:

  • Marsha K. Mazz
    Director
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
  • Rex Pace
    Senior Accessibility Specialist and Technical Assistance Coordinator
    US Access Board
  • Melissa Andersen
    Transportation Specialist
    US Access Board
  • Tim Creagan
    Senior Accessibility Specialist/Information Technology
    US Access Board
 
Elements and Spaces
 

Accessible Toilet and Bathing Facilities (March 4, 2010)

Access to toilet and bathing facilities is the subject of many technical inquiries received by the Board. This session will review scoping and technical requirements for toilet and bathrooms. Illustrations and diagrams will be used to explain how various specifications apply and relate, including those for clear floor space, required clearances and fixtures and doors, and turning space.

Presenters:

  • Dave Yanchulis
    Coordinator of Public Affairs
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
 

Accessible Parking and Passenger Loading Zones (May 6, 2010)

If you have questions about access to parking spaces and passenger loading zones, including the required number, location, vertical clearances and other specifications, this is the session for you. Other topics to be addressed include van spaces, the number of spaces required in medical care facilities, alterations, signage, valet parking and more. The information will cover requirements in the current standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) along with upcoming revisions to the ADA standards.

Presenters:

  • Jim Pecht
    Accessibility Specialist/Librarian
    US Access Board
 

Accessible Signage (July 1, 2010)

Standards issued under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) address access to signs in buildings and on sites. These requirements address both visual and tactile accessibility and generally apply where signs are provided. The standards also require the provision of signs to indicate certain accessible features and elements. This session will review the scoping and technical provisions for signage in the ADA and ABA standards and highlight updates to the specifications.

Presenters:

  • Dave Yanchulis
    Coordinator of Public Affairs
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
  • Marsha K. Mazz
    Director
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
 

Accessible Routes (including doors and entrances) (October 7, 2010)

Accessible routes are a key component of accessibility for people with disabilities. They ensure accessible circulation throughout sites and facilities and access to various elements and spaces. This session will review components of accessible routes in the ADA and ABA Accessibility Guidelines, including walking surfaces, doors, ramps, curb ramps, elevators, and other means of vertical access.

Presenters:

  • Dave Yanchulis
    Coordinator of Public Affairs
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
  • Jim Pecht
    Accessibility Specialist/Librarian
    US Access Board
 

Accessible Doors and Maneuvering Clearances (June 2, 2011)

Doors are required to be accessible in nearly every building and facility covered by the 2010 ADA Standard or the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standard. This session will review in detail the maneuvering clearances for accessible doors using images and animations to better explain the rationale behind these provisions. Other provisions the address criteria for recessed doors, automatic doors, doors in a series, and door hardware are among the topics to be covered in this session.

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Accessible Kitchen and Kitchenettes (July 5, 2012)

Access to kitchen and kitchenettes is the subject of many technical inquiries received by the Board. This session will review scoping and technical requirements for kitchens and kitchenettes. Illustrations and diagrams will be used to explain how various specifications apply and relate, including those for clear floor space, required clearances and fixtures and doors, and turning space.

Presenters:

  • Jim Pecht
    Accessibility Specialist/Librarian
    US Access Board
 

Accessible Means of Egress (February 7, 2013)

The 2010 ADA Accessibility Standard and the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standard reference standards in the International Building Code (IBC) for accessible means of egress. This session will focus on providing an easy to understand overview of these requirements, highlighting several exceptions noted in the standards. A presenter from the International Code Council will provide insight on specific provisions in the standard such as the number of accessible means of egress required and the technical criteria.

Presenters:

  • Marsha K. Mazz
    Director
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
  • Kim Paarlberg
    Senior Staff Architect
    International Code Council (ICC)
 

Accessible Elevators and Platform Lifts (May 2, 2013)

Do all elevators need to comply with the technical provisions in the 2010 ADA Accessibility Standards and the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standard (ABAAS)? Are platform lifts permitted in any building or facility? This session will review the scoping provisions where vertical access is required. Additional guidance on accessible elevators, residential elevators, platform lifts, along with specific criteria for "limited use, limited application" elevators also known as LULAs, will also be discussed. A presenter representing the National Elevator Industry will provide insight on the referenced standards for elevators and platform lifts.

Presenters:

  • Jim Pecht
    Accessibility Specialist/Librarian
    US Access Board
  • Brian Black
    President
    BDBlack & Associates
 

Accessible Fire Alarm Systems (June 6, 2013)

Accessible fire alarm systems are required where systems provide audible coverage under the ADA and the ABA. These systems are required to comply with NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) 72. A representative from NFPA will provide an overview of the requirements contained in NRPA 72 including specific criteria for visible alarms such as flash frequency, color, intensity, placement, and synchronization.

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Accessible Routes on Sites (February 6, 2014)

Exterior accessible routes are critical for individuals with disabilities using mobility devices in connecting from site arrival points to accessible building entrances. Specific scoping provisions also address connecting accessible elements and spaces “within a site”. This session will review the application of these requirements using examples of newly constructed site and an existing site undertaking alterations.

Presenters:

  • Peggy H. Greenwell
    Accessibility Specialist
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
  • Dave Yanchulis
    Coordinator of Public Affairs
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
 
Specific Facility Types
 

Accessible Airport Terminals (November 4, 2010)

The Access Board is developing design guidance and best practices on access to airports, a frequent source of complaints by travelers with disabilities. This session will review information collected to date on solutions to common access issues in airport terminals. This session will focus on areas of special concern such as accessible passenger loading zones, self-service ticketing kiosks, security checkpoints, boarding bridges and devices, signage, counters, communication systems, and service animal relief areas.

Presenters:

  • Bill R. Botten
    Accessibility Specialist
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
 

Accessible Residential Facilities (January 6, 2011)

Many questions arise about accessible residential facilities. This session will focus on untangling the web of laws that address access to housing, including the Architectural Barriers Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Presenters will explain how the design requirements of these laws apply and review requirements in the ADA and ABA Accessibility Guidelines for residential dwelling units.

Presenters:

  • Jim Pecht
    Accessibility Specialist/Librarian
    US Access Board
 

Accessible Transient Lodging (February 3, 2011)

In addition to overnight accommodations, hotels, motels, and other places of transient lodging offer many different types of amenities, such as swimming pools, fitness facilities, spas, restaurants, and conference rooms. This session will provide an overview of requirements for transient lodging facilities in the ADA and ABA Accessibility Guidelines, including those that address sleeping rooms, bathrooms, and other spaces and amenities.

Presenters:

  • Jim Pecht
    Accessibility Specialist/Librarian
    US Access Board
  • Earlene Sesker
    Accessibility Specialist
    US Access Board
 

Accessible Hospitals and Other Health Care Facilities (July 7, 2011)

Section 223 of the 2010 ADA Accessibility Standard and the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standard includes scoping provisions for medical care and long term care facilities. This includes hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, psychiatric facilities and detoxification Facilities. Learn more about patient rooms scoping for both medical and long term care and along with some of the special technical that apply to parking at specialized facilities, alarm systems and toilet rooms in intensive care units.

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Accessible Retail Stores and Spaces (October 6, 2011)

Retail stores and spaces may be located in variety of settings ranging from shopping malls and strip malls to spaces within airports, stadiums, government buildings and many other venues. Elements and spaces associated with retail environments, such as accessible routes, parking, checkout aisles, sales and service counters, queues and waiting lines, are all a part of the 2010 ADA Accessibility Standards.This session will review in detail requirements in the standards for these elements and spaces.

Presenters:

  • Jim Pecht
    Accessibility Specialist/Librarian
    US Access Board
  • Rex Pace
    Senior Accessibility Specialist and Technical Assistance Coordinator
    US Access Board
 

Accessible Schools (December 1, 2011)

The 2010 ADA Accessibility Standards and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Standard apply to many types of schools in the public and private sectors, including primary, secondary, trade schools and colleges and universities . This session will provide an overview of requirements in the ADA and ABA standards for newly constructed and altered school facilities and their related elements and spaces such as student laboratories, assembly seating, assistive listening systems, and much more.

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Accessible Courthouses and Courtrooms (February 2, 2012)

The design of courthouses poses challenges to access due to unique features, such as courtroom areas that are elevated within confined spaces. Technical provisions addressing these issues are included in the 2010 ADA Accessibility Standards and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Standards. This session will review requirements in the standards that address access to courthouses and courtrooms, including secured entrances, judges' benches, jury boxes, witness stands, clerks' stations, bailiffs' stations, spectators galleries, holding cells, and other spaces.

Presenters:

  • Dave Yanchulis
    Coordinator of Public Affairs
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
 

Accessible Detention and Correctional Facilities (August 2, 2012)

Unique security features can pose challenges to designing accessible detention and correctional facilities. Technical provisions addressing these issues are included in the 2010 ADA Accessibility Standards and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Standards and address features in holding cells and housing cells. This session will highlight applicable provisions for these facilities along with some additional requirements established by the U S Department of Justice.

Presenters:

  • Dave Yanchulis
    Coordinator of Public Affairs
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
 

Accessible Historic Buildings and Facilities (November 1, 2012)

Alterations to "qualified historic" buildings and facilities are required to comply with the same alterations as other buildings and facilities except where the State Historic Preservation officer determines that certain requirements would "threaten or destroy the historic significance of the building or facility". This session will review the process involved in applying these provisions and provide examples of some effective solutions in providing access in historic buildings and facilities.

Presenters:

  • Jim Pecht
    Accessibility Specialist/Librarian
    US Access Board
 

Accessible Restaurants and Cafeterias (April 4, 2013)

Accessibility standards under the ADA and ABA provide criteria for the multitude of elements in restaurants and cafeterias. This session will guide you through the various provisions that apply to eating areas including fixed tables, food service trays, bars, and counters. Other areas to be addressed include raised or sunken areas, tiered dining areas, and accessible routes.

Presenters:

  • Rex Pace
    Senior Accessibility Specialist and Technical Assistance Coordinator
    US Access Board
 
Recreation Facilities and Outdoor Developed Areas
 

Understanding The Draft Final Accessibility Guidelines For Outdoor Developed Areas (December 3, 2009)

On October 19, 2009, the U.S. Access Board released draft final guidelines for trails, picnic and camping facilities, and beach access routes. Once finalized, these guidelines will apply to outdoor sites managed by the Federal government, including national parks and recreation areas covered by the Architectural Barriers Act. This webinar session will provide participants with the opportunity to better understand the draft guidelines. This session will also highlight how the conditions for exceptions apply to trails and beach access routes, review "outdoor constructed features", and discuss the requirements for outdoor recreation routes and beach access routes. An opportunity for questions and answers will also be provided.

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Accessible Play Areas (December 2, 2010)

Requirements for play areas in the ADA and ABA Accessibility Guidelines apply to all newly designed or constructed for children ages 2 and older. The guidelines apply to play areas provided at day care facilities, parks, shopping malls, fast food restaurants, and other facilities. Specific criteria address accessible play components, ground and elevated accessible routes, transfer systems, and soft contained play. In addition to an overview of the play area guidelines, this session will also address some of the more frequently asked questions such as accessible surfaces, the connection with playground safety standards, and when ramp access is required on a play structure.

Presenters:

  • Peggy H. Greenwell
    Accessibility Specialist
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
  • Bill R. Botten
    Accessibility Specialist
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
 

Accessible Swimming Pools and Spas (March 3, 2011)

The ADA and ABA Accessibility Guidelines address independent access to swimming pools and spas and provide criteria for pool lifts, sloped entries, transfer steps, transfer walls, and accessible stairs. This session will review specifications for pool and spa accessibility and where they apply. Aquatic recreation facilities, such as lazy rivers and wave action pools, will also be addressed.

Presenters:

  • Peggy H. Greenwell
    Accessibility Specialist
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
  • Bill R. Botten
    Accessibility Specialist
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
 

Accessible Health Clubs and Fitness Facilities (August 4, 2011)

The 2010 ADA Accessibility Standard and the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standard include provisions for exercise equipment, swimming pools and spas, court sports, and other elements typically found in a health club or fitness facility. This session will highlight provisions for these types of elements along with a basic review of the building and facility elements such as toilet and bathing facilities, locker rooms, parking, and other site amenities.

Presenters:

  • Bill R. Botten
    Accessibility Specialist
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
  • Peggy H. Greenwell
    Accessibility Specialist
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
 

Accessible Marinas and Boating Facilities (November 3, 2011)

The 2010 ADA Accessibility Standard and the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standards include scoping provisions for recreational boating facilities. Facilities covered by these standards include municipal marinas, Federal boating facilities, and private sector marinas and boating facilities. Learn more about boat slip scoping and special technical provisions that apply to gangways connecting floating facilities, clear space requirements at accessible boat slips, and parking at specialized facilities.

Presenters:

  • Peggy H. Greenwell
    Accessibility Specialist
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
  • Paul Beatty
    Accessibility Specialist
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
 

Accessible Golf Courses (January 5, 2012)

The 2010 ADA Accessibility Standards and the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standards address the design and construction of golf courses. Technical provisions address teeing grounds, putting greens, teeing stations at driving ranges, course weather shelters, golf car rental areas, bag drop areas, and course toilet rooms. Special criteria permit the use of a "golf car passage" in lieu of the traditional accessible route to connect these spaces within the boundary of the course. This session will review these specifications and highlight the impact on newly constructed, altered, and existing golf courses.

Presenters:

  • Peggy H. Greenwell
    Accessibility Specialist
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
  • Bill R. Botten
    Accessibility Specialist
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
 

Accessible Miniature Golf Courses (June 7, 2012)

The 2010 ADA Accessibility Standards and the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standards address the design and construction of miniature golf courses. Scoping provisions establish the minimum number of holes required to be accessible in newly constructed courses. Technical provisions address accessible routes on the playing surface or adjacent to the playing surface serving accessible holes, start of play areas, and the golf club reach range. This session will review these specifications and highlight frequently asked questions about accessibility at miniature golf facilities.

Presenters:

  • Peggy H. Greenwell
    Accessibility Specialist
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
  • Bill R. Botten
    Accessibility Specialist
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
 

Accessible Amusement Rides (January 3, 2013)

The 2010 ADA Accessibility Standards and the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standards address permanent amusement rides. Scoping provisions applying to newly designed and constructed rides provide the option to choose the type of access that is suitable for a particular ride. Three options for providing accessibility include a wheelchair space on the ride, a ride seat designed for transfer, or a transfer device. This session will provide details on the technical provisions for each type of access required on rides. Additional information recently obtained from a research project related to "independent" transferring will also be discussed.

Presenters:

  • Peggy H. Greenwell
    Accessibility Specialist
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
  • Bill R. Botten
    Accessibility Specialist
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
 

Accessible Playground Surfaces (November 7, 2013)

The Access Board and the National Center on Accessibility recently completed a longitudinal study on playground surfaces. The purpose of the study was to examine how various surfaces performed over time in terms of accessibility and safety. Details on engineered wood fiber, poured in place rubber, rubber tiles, and other hybrid surface systems performed during the study will be addressed in this session.

Presenters:

  • Peggy H. Greenwell
    Accessibility Specialist
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
  • Jennifer Skulski
    Director of Marketing & Special Projects
    National Center on Accessibility-Indiana University
 

FINAL RULE - Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Standards for Trails, Picnic and Camping Facilities, and Beach Access Routes (November 8, 2013)

On September 26, 2013, the Access Board issued final guidelines covering access to trails, picnic and camping facilities, viewing areas, and beach access routes on sites managed by the federal government. The new guidelines will apply to these elements and spaces as developed or altered by federal land management agencies, including the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the Army Corps of Engineers. In this webinar, presenters will review the scoping and technical requirements of the new guidelines and explain their implementation as standards under the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA), including effective dates.

Presenters:

  • Bill R. Botten
    Accessibility Specialist
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board
  • Peggy H. Greenwell
    Accessibility Specialist
    Office of Technical and Information Services
    US Access Board