ADA Law and Accessibility – The Cost of Non-Compliance

An excerpt taken from the U.S. Access Board website:


In most cases, the Board develops “guidelines,” which do not directly affect the public but instead serve as the basis for “standards” issued by other agencies, which do. (The Board is responsible for standards covering electronic and information technology in the Federal sector and medical diagnostic equipment). In this sense, Board guidelines serve as the minimum baseline for the enforceable standards. Board guidelines and standards include:

  • ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) for Buildings and Facilities
  • ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) for Transportation Vehicles (update underway)
  • ABA Accessibility Guidelines (for federally funded facilities)
  • Telecommunications Act Accessibility Guidelines (update underway)
  • Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Standards (update underway)

The Board is currently developing:

  • Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas
  • Guidelines for Public Rights-of-Way
  • Guidelines for Passenger Vessels
  • Guidelines for Emergency Transportable Housing
  • Standards for Medical Diagnostic Equipment

For more information, visit the guidelines and standards homepage.

  Coordination with Private Organizations

The Board routinely coordinates with private sector standards organizations. Such coordination has a two-fold purpose: it allows the Board to encourage or enhance the coverage of accessibility by industry standards and also advances the harmonization of Board guidelines and industry standards.

2 Responses

  1. Izabella

    My Senior Apt. Complex and those who live here and who are Wheelchair Bound do not have access(proper) to the Club House and Office. Neither are their any Handicapp acslscibee doorways to any of the buildings on these premises. The Laundry just has a single door that I know would be difficult if not impossible for those in larger, specialized Wheelchairs to gain entry in. The doors around here are all standard doors like you would find in any building. This is a HUD contracted Senior Complex and there are 90 persons living her. There are at least 6(or perhaps more) people who are Wheelchair bound. One in particular uses a large Wheelchair and she must have someone with her at all times helping her in and out of doors and buildings. I might add that I wote two letters regarding this to ADA Compliance at the U.S. Dept. of Justice. They simply forwarded my letters onto HUD. HUD then contacted me and asked How was I injured? I would like to state that I’m ambulatory. I have not lost the ability to get around. I do have diabetes and it greatlyaffected my vision at one time(Diabetic Retinopathy). The mailboxes that are outside which allow for oversized items(such as parcels and other oversized items) do not have legible numbers of the boxes on the tags(with the key). Some of these numbers are in Pencil. I have difficulty reading which box my package is in because of my vision impairment. Not all of the key tags have legible numbers.

    • RVing Accessibility

      Contact the U.S. Access Board with your concerns as they will look into these issues. They provide guidelines and oversight for the ADA and amendments thereof.