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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

5 Ways to Improve Event Accessibility Posted on May 25

5 Ways to Improve Event Accessibility

Participation in civic and social events is an important part of community life. Public and private entities with obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) have an obligation to ensure that events and meetings open to the public are accessible to anyone who may want to attend. Here we outline a few basic steps entities can take to improve access.

Massachusetts Architectural Access Board Process 101 Posted on Feb 20

An important aspect of promoting independence for people with disabilities is physical access to public buildings. In Massachusetts, the Architectural Access Board (AAB) develops and enforces regulations designed to make public buildings accessible to, functional for, and safe for use by persons with disabilities. Section 521 of the Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR), enforced by the AAB, is the state building code that outlines the requirements for accessibility in buildings that are open to the public. 521 CMR also establishes a process for members of the public who wish to file a complaint about a noncompliant building.

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

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

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.

Massachusetts Governor Signs Legislation Increasing Penalties for Disability Parking Fraud and Abuse Posted on Dec 1

Massachusetts Governor Signs Legislation Increasing Penalties for Disability Parking Fraud and Abuse

On Monday November 27th 2017 Governor Charlie Baker ceremonially signed into law new legislation that increases the current penalties for fraudulent use of disability parking credentials. Joined by members of the Senate, House, Registrar of Motor Vehicles, Inspector General, as well as representatives from the Massachusetts Office on Disability, the new legislation aims to protect those who truly need accessible parking.

Americans with Disabilities Act and Disability Rights Laws Training Offerings by Massachusetts Office on Disability Posted on May 23

Americans with Disabilities Act and Disability Rights Laws Training Offerings by Massachusetts Office on Disability

Are you a state agency, municipal government, employer or business? If so, you have important obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and similar Massachusetts laws to your employees, customers, visitors, and the general public who are persons with disabilities. MOD can help to provide training for you and your staff these requirements.

Education goes a long way in avoiding violations that can result in lengthy and costly consequences for your organization. Further, compliance with the ADA and similar laws ensures that persons with disabilities who are qualified employees, valued customers, and members of our communities have equal access to the programs, services, and opportunities available to everyone else.

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

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

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).

Tax Incentives for Employers & Businesses for Creating Disability Access Posted on Apr 10

Tax Incentives for Employers & Businesses for Creating Disability Access

Attention Businesses and employers: Did you know there are tax credits and deductions available to employ persons with disabilities and to make accessibility improvements?

The vast majority of businesses and employers have distinct obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to ensure equal employment opportunities and to remove accessibility barriers for persons with disabilities. Not only are Americans with disabilities contributing members of the workforce and valuable customers, but there are also incentives in the form of tax credits and deductions for meeting ADA obligations.

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

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

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 Posted on Oct 12

Accessible On-Street Parking

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.