July 09, 2004

Access Board to Publish ADA and ABA Accessibility Guidelines

On July 23rd, the U.S. Access Board will publish long-awaited guidelines for facilities covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA). The new guidelines feature updated provisions and various revisions that will improve access in new construction and alterations while facilitating compliance. They will replace the Board's ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG), which were first published in 1991, and earlier guidelines issued under the ABA for federally funded facilities.


The guidelines will be printed in the Federal Register, a government periodical used to publicize new regulations, and will be posted on the Board's website on the publication date. The Board will also distribute print copies and provide copies on CD and in various alternate formats.

The Board plans to hold a press conference on the new guidelines from 10:30 to 12:00 on the same day at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The Board will provide a briefing and field questions on the guidelines at this event, which will be open to the press and to the general public as well. Members of the press and others with an interest in the guidelines are encouraged to attend. The National Press Club is located at 529 14th Street, N.W., 13th Floor, in downtown D.C., near the Board's offices.

For further information, contact the Board at (202) 272-0026 (v), (202) 272-0082 (TTY) or news@access-board.gov.

Dave Yanchulis
The Access Board
(202) 272-0026 (v); (202) 272-0082 (TTY)
yanchulis@access-board.gov
http://www.access-board.gov

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