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Information on ADA

In July, 2004, the U.S. Access Board announced the release of new design guidelines. View the new ADA and ABA Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities, as published in the Federal Register July 23, 2004 and amended August 5, 2005. The new design document is the result of a comprehensive, ten year review and update of the Board’s original ADA Accessibility Guidelines. The new document is more consistent with model building codes and industry standards, and has a new numbering system. It's more streamlined in structure and in the organization of chapters. The guidelines are more compatible and consistent with the level of access specified under the guidelines for Federal buildings under the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) of 1968, which required accessibility of facilities designed, built, altered, or leased with Federal funds. All information associated with the changes in the guidelines is available on the ADA and ABA Accessibility Guidelines Homepage web site.

The timeline for implementing the changes vary between federal agencies. On September 30, 2004, DOJ issued an advance notice on its intent to revise its ADA standards according to the Board's guidelines. Under the ABA, standards are maintained by the General Services Administration, the Department of Defense, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. Postal Service. These agencies will update their standards according to the Board's guidelines and will indicate when the new standards are to be followed. Until then, the ADAAG as amended through September, 2002 remain in effect.