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Vocational Rehabilitation: Key Stepping Stones Posted on Aug 12

Vocational Rehabilitation: Key Stepping Stones This article provides a brief overview of the key stepping stones for all vocational rehabilitation (VR) applicants and consumers of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) and Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB). There may be exceptions based on individual circumstances   …Continue Reading Vocational Rehabilitation: Key Stepping Stones

Municipal ADA Improvement Grant Program Posted on Aug 12

Municipal ADA Improvement Grant Program Written By Karl Bryan and Jeffrey Dougan The Municipal ADA Improvement Grant Program was first issued through Governor Charlie Baker’s Governor’s Capital Investment Plan, was approved by both houses of the Massachusetts Legislature, and signed by the Governor in late   …Continue Reading Municipal ADA Improvement Grant Program

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

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.