New Accessibility Guidelines for Outdoor Areas

Americas, September 30 2013

ABA Standards coverWASHINGTON, DC: The U.S. Access Board issued new accessibility guidelines for outdoor areas developed by the federal government on September 26.

The Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Guidelines provide detailed specifications for camping facilities, picnic facilities, viewing areas, trails, and beach access routes constructed or altered by or on behalf of federal agencies. They also provide exceptions for situations where terrain and other factors make compliance impracticable.

The final rule ensures that these facilities are readily accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities. The rule applies to federal agencies that develop outdoor areas for recreational purposes, including the National Park Service, the Forest Service, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Bureau of Reclamation.

The final rule is effective November 25, 2013. The incorporation of certain publications listed in the guidelines is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of September 21, 2004.

For more information contact: William Botten, Access Board, 1331 F Street, NW., Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20004–1111. Telephone: (202) 272–0014 (voice) or (202) 272–0082 (TTY). E-mail address:  botten@access-board.gov.

By Aqeel Qureshi

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