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U.S. Access Board Collection (148 Books)


eDocuments, publications, and reference material by the U.S. Access Board Collection, an independent federal agency whose primary mission is accessibility for people with disabilities.

 
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Americans with Disabilities Act (Ada) Accessibility Guidelines for...

By: United States Access Board

Government Reference Publication

Purpose: This document contains scoping and technical requirements for accessibility to buildings and facilities by individuals with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. These scoping and technical requirements are to be applied during the design, construction, and alteration of buildings and facilities covered by titles II and III of the ADA to the extent required by regulations issued by Federal agencies, including the Department of Jus...

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Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines Checklist...

By: United States Access Board

Government Reference Publication

Purpose: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), signed by President Bush on July 26, 1990, is landmark legislation to extend civil rights protection to people with disabilities. The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, State and local government services, public transportation, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and telecommunications. The ADA required the U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Ac...

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Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board 36 Cfr ...

By: Patrick D. Cannon

Government Reference Publication

Summary: The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) is issuing final guidelines to provide additional guidance to the Department of Justice and the Department of Transportation in establishing alternate specifications for building elements designed for use by children. These specifications are based on children?s dimensions and anthropometrics and apply to building elements designed specifically for use by children ages 12 and younger. ...

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Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board 36 Cfr ...

By: Patrick D. Cannon

Government Reference Publication

Summary: The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) is issuing final guidelines to provide additional guidance to the Department of Justice and the Department of Transportation in establishing accessibility standards for new construction and alterations of State and local government facilities covered by title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. The guidelines will ensure that newly constructed and altered State and...

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Automated Guideway Transit (Agt) Systems Technical Assistance Manual

By: United States Access Board

Government Reference Publication

Introduction: This technical assistance document is one of a series provided to help in understanding the background and underlying rationale of the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines for Transportation Vehicles (Vehicle Guidelines) and how the guidelines may apply in a particular case. The documents in t his series are: o Buses, Vans & Systems o Rapid Rail Vehicles & System s o Light Rail Vehicles & System so Commuter Railcars & System s o Intercit...

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Aircraft Stowage Procedures for Battery Powered Wheelchairs

By: United States Access Board

Government Reference Publication

Excerpt: In September, 1986, the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (ATBCB) sponsored a research project to survey and document policies, procedures and practices for stowing wheelchairs and other mobility aids on aircraft. The resulting technical paper, Mobility Aid Stowage, identified a broad range of industry experience in reducing barriers faced by disabled air travelers. The purpose of the project was to identify policies, procedures and prac...

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Guidelines for Aircraft Boarding Chairs

By: United States Access Board

Government Reference Publication

Preface: Aircraft boarding chairs, wheelchair-like devices used to transport disabled passengers onto airplanes have been cited for safety and other problems. The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (ATBCB), in an effort to gain more information, distributed a survey on boarding chairs through the Federal Register (49 Fed Reg 36210, September 14, 1984). Passengers using aircraft boarding chairs responded by reporting complaints regarding safety, co...

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Bulletin #2 : Visual Alarms

By: United States Access Board

Government Reference Publication

Excerpt: Why are visual alarms required? One American in a hundred has a severe hearing loss; nearly one in ten has a significant loss. In 1984, the Digest of Data on Persons with Disabilities reported that: (t)he severity of hearing problems was strongly associated with age. Persons 65 and older constituted 69 percent of the population with the most severe hearing trouble...but only 8.7 percent of the population without hearing trouble. Those who are deaf or hard-of-hea...

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Assistive Listening Systems Bulletin 9A : For Consumers

By: United States Access Board

Government Reference Publication

Excerpt: Why is it hard to hear in some spaces? The farther you are from a sound source, whether it?s someone talking or a loudspeaker, the lower the sound volume will be at your ears. While this distance effect can be overcome by increasing the volume, loudness is not all that is needed for good listening. A hearing loss reduces or eliminates many of the acoustical cues that we use to discriminate between sounds. So people with hearing loss must listen carefully to cont...

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Assistive Listening Systems Bulletin 9B : For Installers

By: United States Access Board

Government Reference Publication

Excerpt: How do assistive listening systems (ALS) interface with public address (PA) systems? Public address systems are, in fact, assistive listening systems. They are designed to help people hear across a distance. In a PA system, the sound is picked up at a microphone and delivered through speakers that bring the amplified sound closer to listeners in an audience. For many people and in many circumstances, a loudspeaker may provide enough gain in volume for adequate s...

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Assistive Listening Systems Bulletin 9C : For Providers

By: United States Access Board

Government Reference Publication

Excerpt: What are assistive listening systems (ALSs)? Assistive listening systems (ALSs) are devices designed to help people with hearing loss improve their auditory access in difficult and large-area listening situations. Typically, these devices are used in such venues as movie houses, theaters, auditoriums, convention centers, and stadiums, where they are piggybacked on a public address system. They may also be used in smaller listening locations like courtrooms, muse...

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Large Area Assistive Listening Systems (Als) : Review and Recommen...

By: Matthew H. Bakke

Government Reference Publication

Excerpt: The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center at the Lexington School for the Deaf was charged with recommending performance standards for Assistive Listening Systems (ALS) to the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (the Access board). Included in this charge was the preparation of a State of the Art paper that would describe the current status and major issues presented by ALS. The recommended standards were to be based not only on the r...

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Accessible Amusement Rides

By: United States Access Board

Government Reference Publication

Introduction: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a comprehensive civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. The ADA requires that newly constructed and altered state and local government facilities, places of public accommodation, and commercial facilities be readily accessible to, and usable by, individuals with disabilities. The ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) is the standard applied to buildings and facilities. Recreation...

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Anthropometry for Persons with Disabilities : Needs for the Twenty...

By: Bruce Bradtmiller

Government Reference Publication

Preface: This document is the final report of Task 2 of the Anthropometric Research Review undertaken by Anthropology Research Project, Inc. (ARP) for the U.S. Architecture and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board), and administered by the U.S. Department of Education under Contract No. QA96001001. The authors thank David Yanchulis, Research Coordinator at the Access Board, for his cooperation and support. They are grateful, also, for the many hours of ...

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Accessible Boating Facilities

By: United States Access Board

Government Reference Publication

Introduction: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a comprehensive civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. The ADA requires that newly constructed and altered state and local government facilities, places of public accommodation, and commercial facilities be readily accessible to, and usable by, individuals with disabilities. The ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) is the standard applied to buildings and facilities. Recreation...

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Section 508 Facts

By: United States Access Board

Government Reference Publication

Excerpt: What Do the Numbers Say? Section 508 implementation is critical in this era of reliance on information technology. -- By 1997 about 19 million Americans were using the Internet. That number tripled in one year, and then passed 100 million in 1999. In the first quarter of 2000, more than five million Americans joined the online world--roughly 55,000 new users each day. -- Every 24 hours, the Web increases by more than 3.2 million new pages and more than 715,000 i...

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Buses, Vans and Systems Technical Assistance Manual

By: United States Access Board

Government Reference Publication

Introduction: This technical assistance document is one of a series provided to help in understanding the background and underlying rationale of the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines for Transportation Vehicles (Vehicle Guidelines) and how the guidelines may apply in a particular case. The documents in t his series are: o Buses, Vans & Systems o Rapid Rail Vehicles & System s o Light Rail Vehicles & System so Commuter Railcars & System s o Intercit...

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Justice for All : Designing Accessible Courthouses

By: Gregory L. Harmon

Government Reference Publication

Acknowledgements: The Courthouse Access Advisory Committee is grateful to the many organizations and individuals who participated in its meetings and provided comment and insight on different aspects of courthouse accessibility. The real-world experiences shared by those involved in courthouse management and design, accessibility, and disability rights were valuable to the Committee?s information gathering efforts. The Committee toured courthouses in different cities as ...

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Adaag Review Federal Advisory Committee

By: David A. Harris

Government Reference Publication

Excerpt: Dear Ms. Heumann, it gives me great pleasure to officially transmit to the Access Board, the ADAAG Review Advisory Committee's Final Report, and Recommendations for a New ADAAG. Although a challenging assignment, I'm sure the committee members would agree that our two-year effort was a most worthy endeavor and a very enjoyable and highly professional experience. We believe we have developed a comprehensive set of recommendations that will help result in the next...

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Final Report Passenger Vessel Access Advisory Committee

By: Melanie Brunson

Government Reference Publication

Introduction: This report represents the recommendations of the Passenger Vessel Access Advisory Committee (PVAAC) to the US Access Board. These recommendations will assist the Board in developing a rule under the Americans with Disabilities Act which will propose accessibility guidelines for the design, new construction and alteration of passenger vessels. NOTE: Any proposed rule concerning passenger vessel access will be made through the federal rulemaking process. Thi...

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