Laws Concerning the Access Board
About the Board
Several different laws are key to understanding the work of the Board, including the:
Americans with Disabilities Act (1990)
, a major civil rights law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability in the private and public sectors.
Architectural Barriers Act (1968)
, a law requiring access to facilities designed, built, altered, or leased with Federal funds.
Rehabilitation Act (1973)
, which created the Access Board.
Telecommunications Act - Section 255 (1996)
, which requires access to new telecommunications and customer premises equipment where "readily achievable."
Rehabilitation Act Amendments (1998)
which amend section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act to ensure access to electronic and information technology in the Federal sector.