Today’s property owners and managers face the never-ending task of understanding and remaining current with all of the governmental regulations that affect their business. The ongoing changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Standards and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Standards are often overlooked.

Enter, the U.S. Access Board. The U.S. Access Board is a federal agency that develops accessibility guidelines and standards for the real estate, transportation, communication, medical diagnostic equipment, and information technology. The U.S. Access Board has launched new online guides on the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards. The U.S. Access Board states that the “new web-based material features illustrated technical guides that explain and clarify requirements of the ADA and ABA standards, answer common questions, and offer best practice recommendations. It also includes a series of animations on various subjects covered by the standards.”

Property owners and managers should find these simplified illustrations and recommendations a useful tool in determining and planning their compliance with the ADA and ABA. The initial release of the illustrated guides is limited. The U.S. Access Board has stated that they will continue to develop these tools and publish them as they become available.

The online guides may be found here:

 Guide to the ADA Standards

Guide to the ABA Standards