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Smithsonian improves online features to make things easier to access

Posted on November 22, 2023

The Smithsonian is using technology to improve museums and the resources people have access to. The goal is for everyone, no matter where they are, to get a better understanding of the changing world. New software will make things better for visitors, donors, volunteers, and others who deal with the Smithsonian. The aim is to...
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Justice Department settles with Hawaii apartment builders over disability discrimination

Posted on October 30, 2023

The Justice Department reached a settlement with a Hawaii developer and others who were accused of not designing and building five multifamily housing complexes with the required accessible features. This violates the Fair Housing Act, which is a law that ensures housing is accessible to everyone. The agreement requires the companies to pay a fine...
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Become a Disability A.L.L.Y. — Information for Healthcare Providers

Posted on October 11, 2023

Healthcare practices serve patients with disabilities who may face extra problems in getting care. Providers, become an ally for people with disabilities by making small changes that can really improve their lives, starting with assessing your practice and building a more inclusive practice by using: Welcoming Spaces: Make sure your programs and physical spaces are...
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U.S. Access Board Releases Training Videos on Public Right-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines

Posted on October 11, 2023

The U.S. Access Board made five new videos on the Public Right-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines. The first four videos offer a chapter-by-chapter review of the guidelines to better understand the accessibility requirements to make sidewalks, crosswalks, shared-use paths, on-street parking, and other pedestrian facilities accessible to people with disabilities. The fifth video, “What’s New in the...
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Understanding how the ADA applies to historic properties

Posted on October 11, 2023

Old or historic public places must still follow accessibility requirements. Yet, the ADA does provide limited exceptions for qualified historic properties. The ADA considers a place historic if it has significant historical, architectural, or artistic value. Historic properties have specific, more flexible accessibility requirements, including accessible routes and entrances. Building owners can ask State Historic...
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Final rule on accessibility guidelines for pedestrian facilities in the public right-of-way

Posted on August 11, 2023

The Access Board has published new guidelines under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA). They cover: Access to sidewalks and streets Crosswalks Curb ramps Pedestrian signals On-street parking Other parts of public rights-of-way These guidelines also review shared-use paths, which are designed mainly for use by bicyclists and pedestrians...
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