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Accessible Routes in Play Areas posted on May 27

This post will cover the accessible route requirements for play areas.  Specifically, I want to take a look at the requirements for the provision of an accessible route to and around the play equipment as laid out under the 2006 revision of the Massachusetts Architectural   …Continue Reading Accessible Routes in Play Areas

Requirements for Accessible Saunas and Steam Rooms: Americans with Disabilities Act Design Standards, Massachusetts Architectural Access Board Regulations

Requirements for Accessible Saunas and Steam Rooms: Americans with Disabilities Act Design Standards, Massachusetts Architectural Access Board Regulations posted on Dec 29

Saunas and steam rooms found at spas, health clubs, and other areas are used for a variety of reasons including health, stress relief, and relaxation. To understand the accessibility requirements for saunas and steam rooms, we need to look at the 1991 and 2010 ADA Design Standards (ADADS) and the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board’s rules and regulations (MAAB) to determine the applicability and the most stringent requirement.

Requirements for Ramp Dimensions under the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board Regulations and the Americans with Disabilities Act Design Standards

Requirements for Ramp Dimensions under the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board Regulations and the Americans with Disabilities Act Design Standards posted on Apr 25

This post is a follow–up to our recent post on ramp slope requirements. This post will guide you through additional obligations for width, handrails, length and landings under the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board’s (MAAB) rules and regulations and the Americans with Disabilities Act Design Standards (ADA Design Standards).

Requirements for Compliant Ramp Slopes Under ADA Design Standards and Massachusetts Architectural Access Board Regulations

Requirements for Compliant Ramp Slopes Under ADA Design Standards and Massachusetts Architectural Access Board Regulations posted on Dec 27

Safe and effective ramps are essential to ensuring the independence of individuals who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices. This post will discuss ramp running slope and ramp cross slope requirements that make ramps usable and accessible. We will also clarify the specific differences in the slope requirements and obligations between the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board’s (MAAB) rules and regulations and the Americans with Disabilities Design Standards (ADA Design Standards).

Accessible On-Street Parking

Accessible On-Street Parking posted on Oct 12

In an earlier post, we discussed accessibility requirements for off-street parking. Now, this post will address the provision of accessible on-street parking. While the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board (MAAB) and the 1991 and 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design (1991/2010 ADA Standards) have very specific regulations regarding off-street accessible parking, these regulations do not extend their jurisdiction to on-street accessible parking spaces.

Accessible Recreational Boating Facilities

Accessible Recreational Boating Facilities posted on Sep 28

This post will address accessibility standards for Recreational Boating Facilities. Specifically, the requirements under the 2010 ADA Design Standards (2010 Standards) with regards to the access that is required to the various slips and boating amenities.

Massachusetts Office on Disability Promotes Establishment of Local Commissions on Disability

Massachusetts Office on Disability Promotes Establishment of Local Commissions on Disability posted on Apr 25

The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) has recently launched a campaign to increase the number of Commissions on Disabilities (CODs). MOD is reaching out to MA cities and towns to provide guidance on how to form a COD.  Initiating the formation of a local COD   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Office on Disability Promotes Establishment of Local Commissions on Disability

Obligations for Snow Removal on Sidewalks for Disability Access

Obligations for Snow Removal on Sidewalks for Disability Access posted on Feb 22

This post gives an overview of the obligations that residents, businesses, and municipalities have to remove snow for sidewalk access.

Accessible Parking Laws for Public Lots

Accessible Parking Laws for Public Lots posted on Dec 23

Accessible parking is essential to enable individuals with disabilities to participate in community life.  Availability of parking with accessible features allows persons with certain limitations to access businesses, schools, medical facilities, places of employment, etc. This post will discuss designated accessible, also known as “handicapped,” parking provisions   …Continue Reading Accessible Parking Laws for Public Lots

Automatic Door Openers: Required or Not Required?

Automatic Door Openers: Required or Not Required? posted on Sep 4

As MOD’s Assistant Director of Community Services, I wanted to spend some time discussing automatic door openers. This is a very common topic that I get asked about. To paraphrase Shakespeare, “Are automatic door openers required or not required at entrances?”