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).
When last we wrote on this topic in spring of 2016, the Department of Justice (DOJ) was set to issue proposed regulations on web information and services for state and local governments. In a turn of events, the DOJ instead issued a rare Supplemental Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SANPRM) in “order to solicit public comment on various issues relating to the potential application of such technical requirements to the websites of Title II entities and to obtain information for preparing a regulatory impact analysis.”
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.
In this important election season, it is timely to consider polling place accessibility for persons with disabilities. Throughout the years, our office has received calls from the public regarding polling place accessibility and has worked to remove barriers. Some of the more common issues have …Continue Reading Accessible Polling Places
The first Sunday in October is Independent Living Center Day under Massachusetts General Law. There are eleven Independent Living Centers located across the Commonwealth. ILCs generally provide four core services: information and referral, advocacy, independent living skills training, and peer counseling.
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.
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
We celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 2015. As we look to the future, an increasingly important area to address is web accessibility. Since the passing of the ADA, the internet has dramatically changed the way that government entities …Continue Reading Web Accessibility Requirements for State and Local Government Web Content
I hope not to jinx us, as we haven’t gotten much snow this year, but it has been known to snow in April in New England. Let’s talk about obligations for snow removal on sidewalks under the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board’s rules and regulations (AAB) …Continue Reading Obligations for Snow Removal on Sidewalks for Disability Access
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