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TRB Issues Report on the Feasibility of Wheelchair Securement Systems on Passenger Aircraft

September 15, 2021
Airplane departing In the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act, Congress called on the U.S. Access Board to examine the feasibility of wheelchair securement systems for passenger use in airplane cabins. In response, the Access Board commissioned the Transportation Research Board (TRB), of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, to conduct . . .

Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Updated to Incorporate Revised 508 Standards

September 13, 2021
Keyboard with Section 508 key highlighted in blue On August 11, 2021, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council issued a final rule updating the federal government’s procurement regulations to officially incorporate the U.S. Access Board’s revised Section 508 Standards. The FAR Council supplemented provisions in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) supporting the requirements for . . .

U.S. Access Board Executive Director Sachin Pavithran to Give Keynote Address at M-Enabling Summit 2021

August 31, 2021
Portrait of Sachin Pavithran with text that reads U.S. Access Board Executive Director Sachin Pavithran will deliver a keynote on perspectives on digital inclusion as related to President’s Biden Executive Order on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) in the Federal Workforce at . . .

Scott Windley Named U.S. Access Board's Technical Assistance Coordinator

August 12, 2021
Scott Windley, a long-time U.S. Access Board Accessibility Specialist, has been appointed Technical Assistance Coordinator. In this role, he will manage the Board’s technical assistance program and oversee the agency's technical guidance to the public . . .

U.S. Access Board to Host Public Briefing on Study on the Feasibility of Wheelchair Securement Systems in Passenger Aircraft

August 11, 2021
Airplane departing The inability to use one’s wheelchair on airplanes makes air travel very difficult, if not impossible, for many people with disabilities. The U.S. Access Board will host a public briefing on the Transportation Research Board's final report on September 22 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm (ET). The briefing will feature a presentation by . . .

U.S. Access Board Launches New Site for the ICT Testing Baseline for Web Accessibility

August 04, 2021
Testing information and communication technology (ICT), including websites, for accessibility is essential to ensure conformance with the Section 508 Standards that apply to ICT in the federal sector. In partnership with the General Services Administration (GSA) and the ICT Baseline Working Group in coordination with the CIO Council Accessibility Community of Practice (CIOC ACOP), the U.S. Access Board has released . . .

U.S. Access Board Releases Summary Report on AV Forum Public Forum on Inclusive Design of AVs

July 27, 2021
The U.S. Access Board has released a summary report on its four-part series of virtual meetings on making autonomous vehicles (AVs) accessible to passengers with disabilities. The report summarizes each speakers’ presentation . . .

U.S. Access Board Celebrates the 31st Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

July 26, 2021
The U.S. Access Board commemorates the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) today. Signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H.W. Bush, the ADA is a landmark piece of legislation that makes accessibility a civil right and ensures . . .

U.S. Access Board Holds Virtual Meeting on Inclusive Exercise and Fitness Equipment

July 15, 2021
Row of treadmills with person with disability walking alongside them The U.S. Access Board held its virtual public meeting on inclusive exercise and fitness equipment yesterday. The event featured panel presentations on the need for access to fitness equipment, efforts to address equipment accessibility, and implementation of inclusive fitness equipment. Invited speakers . . .

U.S. Access Board Seeks Comment on Draft Strategic Plan for FY 2022-2026

July 01, 2021
Blue arrow with The U.S. Access Board will hold a virtual forum on its draft Strategic Plan on July 13 at 2:30 – 4:00 ET for the purpose of obtaining public feedback on the agency’s goals and objectives for the next five years. The draft plan includes a new focus on . . .

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