Access Board updates online guide

person in wheelchair rolling up a ramped entrance to a building
New Accessibility Guidance

The U.S. Access Board released a new chapter to its online guide July 27, providing guidance for creating accessible routes, such as doors and gates, ramps and curb ramps, and elevators and platform lifts.

The guide, launched in April 2014, provides a series of technical bulletins and illustrated guides for complying with accessibility standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Architectural Barriers Act, a 1968 law that applies to projects created with federal funds.

Last year, the Access Board released guidance on the first three chapters of the ADA standards, pertaining to the “application and use of the standards, scoping in new construction, alterations, and additions, and basic ‘building block’ technical provisions,” according to the news release. The new section updates the guide to include the requirements in Chapter 4 of the guide.

“These new resources not only explain requirements in the standards but also demonstrate their rationale,” Access Board Member Michael Graves said in the news release launching the guide. “Knowing the ‘whys’ behind various provisions is key to understanding what accessibility means and how best to achieve it.”

The U.S. Access Board is an independent federal agency, created in 1973, that promotes and develops accessibility guidelines in a range of areas, including buildings, transportation, communication devices and medical diagnostic equipment.