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  • ADA Accessibility Guidelines - 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. The document includes all provisions adopted by the Access Board as final guidance. Recent additions are not enforceable until adopted by the US Department of Justice. The recent additions are clearly marked.
Other Facility Access Documents
  • Readily Achievable Barrier Removal - This document provides informal guidance to assist you in understanding the ADA and the Department's regulation.
  • The ADAAG Checklist - This checklist has been prepared to assist individuals and entities with rights or duties under Title II, and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • ADA Checklist for Readily Achievable Barrier Removal - HTML version - This checklist details some of the requirements found in the ADA Standards for Accessible Design.
  • Common ADA Errors and Omissions in New Construction and Alterations - This 13-page document lists a sampling of common accessibility errors or omissions that have been identified through the Department of Justice's ongoing enforcement efforts. The significance of the errors is discussed and references are provided to the requirements of the ADA Standards for Accessible Design.
  • Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards - This document presents uniform standards for the design, construction and alteration of buildings so that persons with disabilities will have ready access to and use of them in accordance with the Architectural Barriers Act. These standards apply to federal facilities and facilities built with federal funds. State and Local government entities may also opt to use these standards instead of the ADAAG.
  • State and Local Government Facility Elements - The Access Board issued these 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.
  • Children's Size Standards - 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.
  • Play Area Standards - Final accessibility guidelines to serve as the basis for standards to be adopted by the Department of Justice for new construction and alterations of play areas including ground level and elevated play components, accessible routes, ramps and transfer systems, ground surfaces, and soft contained play structures.
  • Recreation Standards - Final accessibility guidelines to serve as the basis for standards to be adopted by the Department of Justice for new construction and alterations of recreation facilities including amusement rides, boating facilities, fishing piers and platforms, golf courses, miniature golf, sports facilities, and swimming pools and spas.
Historic Building and Preservation
  • Making Historic Properties Accessible - This document, prepared by the National Park Service, introduces the complex issue of providing accessibility at historic properties, and underscores the need to balance accessibility and historic preservation.
  • Standards for Preservation - This page, in a broader document on historic preservation, covers recommendations for achieving accessibility during preservation.
  • Building Hardware - This document presents the General Service Administration's guidance on historic preservation relative to all hardware in a building.
Museums
  • Creating Accessible Exhibits - This document contains guidelines as well as design tools developed by the Smithsonian Institution. The guidelines are in part based on construction standards established for the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. They represent Smithsonian methods for arriving at the laws' required end: accessible exhibitions that work for people with disabilities as well as for the rest of the public. Together the guidelines become the Smithsonian standard for accessible exhibition design.
Related Categories
  • Facility Access-Related Interpretation Letters - Federal government agencies respond to citizen requests for interpretation of the ADA. At this link you will find a selection of those interpretation letters specifically related to facility access issues.
  • Facility Access Enforcement - The ADA is continuously interpreted through court settlements and decisions. At this link you will find a selection of those settlement agreements and letters of finding specifically related to facility access issues.
  • State and Local Government Construction Requirements from the title II Technical Assistance Manual
  • Private Business Construction Requirements from the title III Technical Assistance Manual
  • Title III New Construction
  • Title III Alterations
  • Title III ADAAG
  • III-7.1000 General.
  • III-7.2000 General requirements/definitions
  • III-7.3000 Accessible elements and spaces Scoping and technical requirements
  • III-7.4000 Sites and exterior facilities
  • III-7.5000 Buildings New construction
  • III-7.6000 Additions
  • III-7.7000 Alterations
  • III-7.8000 Special facility type
 
 
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