Architectural Barriers Act

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Architectural Barriers Act

An Act passed by the US Congress in 1968 requiring that buildings financed with federal funds, and/or owned or leased by the federal government, be constructed or modified so that they are accessible to, and can be used by, physically disabled people.
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Throughout the past 25 years, many discriminatory policies, practices and barriers have been removed for people with disabilities as a result of requirements mandated by the ADA and other related laws, such as the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which covers federal employees and applicants with disabilities.
Gilmer County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and abides by the following laws as they pertain to HUD assisted Projects: Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Section 109 of the HCD Act of 1974, Title 1;Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act); Section 104(b)(2) of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended; Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA); and the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968.
Much of the progress made in recent decades was spurred by three important pieces of legislation: the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968, the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, and the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.
The Architectural Barriers Act of 1968 and the Mass Transportation Act of 1979 were among the earliest, but they were not fully implemented for many years.
The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) is currently revising and updating the accessibility guidelines for buildings and facilities covered by the ADA of 1990 and the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968 (ABA).
Gallagher who conceived and drafted what became the first national law on disability rights, the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968.
The Architectural Barriers Act of 1968 required accessibility in buildings constructed with federal funds.

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