Differences Between the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards

Thursday, April 4, 2019
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time Zone


The Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) is the first federal law to address access to the built environment. Passed by Congress in 1968, it ensures access to many federally funded facilities to this day. The ABA greatly informed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and its requirements for access to facilities in the private and state and local government sectors. This session will compare the ABA and ADA and review differences between the accessibility standards issued under these laws. The presenter will explain how the ABA and ADA Accessibility Standards differ in application, scope, specific provisions, and enforcement. The relationship of these laws to other federal mandates that address facility access, such as the Rehabilitation Act and the Fair Housing Act, will also be covered.

Continuing Education Recognition Available

Certificate Credit hours
California Architects Board 1.5
Certificate of Attendance 1.5
ICC 1.5


Paul Beatty, Accessibility Specialist, Office of Technical and Information Services, U.S. Access Board

Questions for presenters:

1 To what extent does the ADA address disabled people who sustained injuries from two separate but interrelated accidents, the first involving the disabled person being a pedestrian struck by an automobile driven by 17 year old female driver, the second involving a golf club blow to the head resulting in emergency neurosurgery, if the second accident personal injury case was heard in court first and settled, would the first pedestrian accident stand as the event that caused the person to be disabled, or the second golf club accident be qualified since it was first heard and settled in court? Or are they both acknowledged and treated pari-passu?
2 Does the ABA apply to privately owned or operated residential buildings that receive financial assistance from a federal agency like HUD or VA? What if the federal government owns the land? Does that make a difference?
3 Please explain the relation UFAS has to ADA or ABA standards when working with HUD residential properties.
4 I keep entering my ASLA # for LA CES but it keeps showing up on the main webcast registration page under the wrong heading. Can you assist me? I am using my android phone chrome browser to access the site. My e mail address is olmstead3@aol.com Jeffrey Tandul
5 HUD allows the use of the 2010 Standards with exceptions, for non-residential projects needing to meet their Section 504 requirements. Can you talk about the "exceptions" HUD cites and how it differs from the ADA Standards?
6 Can you briefly discuss the overlap of Title II projects needing to comply with ADA Standards and those Title II projects that also receive Federal financial assistance such as HUD funds and determining "more stringent provision"?
7 What are the differences in access requirements for recreation, i.e., hiking trails, versus access for transportation & basic access to other facilities? W
8 Are you able to take the time to explain why the difference exists for each identified in the presentation. Thank you!
9 What are the difference between the ABA and ADA standards?
10 Will this webinar qualify for PDH CEU'S?
11 What type of facilities are considered residential (and therefore subject to HUD / UFAS) under the Architectural Barriers Act? For example, dormitories, assisted living, and other facilities that may fall under Fair Housing - are they also subject to UFAS (rather than ABA) when federally assisted?
12 How does ICCA117.1 compare with ADA? Are the two identical?

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