The Architectural Barriers Act is 50!

The Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) is turning 50 this month, and still hard at work removing physical barriers for people with disabilities. Along with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other laws, the ABA is a key piece of civil rights legislation advancing full access and inclusion for all. The US Access Board, created to enforce the ABA, continues to publish standards and guidance for physical buildings and sites, streets and sidewalks, public transit, and even health care and communications and information technology. The Access Board also offers training on its guidelines and standards, including the ADA Accessibility Guidelines, and has funded research in several key areas.

The NIDILRR grantee community is also at the forefront of research and development in accessibility, from educating the public and professionals about accessibility to engineering solutions for architectural and transportation barriers. Check out these resources available right now:

These are just a few examples of the work of the NIDILRR community to address the physical and technology barriers to full access for people with disabilities. Browse through current projects in the Technology for Access and Function outcome domain to learn more about ongoing projects!

You might also be interested in these Research In Focus summaries of NIDILRR-funded studies in accessibility in physical space and public transportation:

 

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