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.
Much of the progress 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 (ADA).
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.
Late last year, the federal Access Board announced its plans "to revise and update its accessibility guidelines for buildings and facilities covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act...and the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968." Among its recommendations: Make fire alarms more useful to deaf people by adding a flashing strobe light to the devices' familiar shrieks.
* The Architectural Barriers Act of 1968 mandated that all buildings and transportation facilities constructed, altered, or financed by the federal government be accessible to, and usable by, people with mobility, visual, and auditory disabilities.
Federal agencies are not always required to follow the ADA, but must follow the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968, says Tony Waller, national program manager for accessibility, U.S.
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 requires that facilities constructed using federal funds must be accessible to all persons, regardless of disability.(4) The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requires that no program receiving federal funds may deny an individual access on the basis of disability.(5)
The Architectural Barriers Act of 1968 required accessibility in buildings constructed with federal funds.

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