November 22, 2016
by Katherine Blakeslee
I happened to steal a moment of Dave Yanchulis’s time while he was visiting Boston to present at the ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX), which is largest building industry event in the Northeast. Dave is an Accessibility Specialist at the U.S. Access Board, a federal agency that develops accessibility guidelines and standards for the built environment, transit systems, information and communication technology, and medical diagnostic equipment under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other laws. The New England ADA Center and the U.S. Access Board have been partnering at ABX for the past 15 years.
I wanted to hear from Dave about what we can expect to see from the U.S. Access Board. Dave stated that in the coming weeks, the Board will be issuing updated standards for information and communication technology within the federal sector under section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Additionally, we can expect to see new standards for medical diagnostic equipment in the healthcare industry under the Affordable Care Act as well as updated ADA guidelines for buses and vans, which were originally published in 1991.
While the U.S. Access Board develops the accessibility guidelines and standards, Dave emphasized its role also involves providing technical assistance and training to apply these guidelines in real world situations and settings. The Board offers a free (yes, free!) webinar series focused on a particular topic each month. For more information about their webinar series, visit: https://www.access-board.gov/training/webinars. Additionally, for more information about the Board’s training program, go here: https://www.access-board.gov/training. Technical assistance from the Board is available by calling its toll-free hotline at (800) 872-2253 (TTY: (800) 993-2822) or sending an email to email@example.com.