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Access Board Resolves 55 Architectural Barriers Act Cases Through Corrective Action in FY 2020

November 2, 2020
Source: U.S. Access Board

The Access Board was created in part to enforce the first federal law to address accessibility, the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) of 1968. This law requires access to buildings or facilities that were designed, built, or altered with federal dollars or leased by federal agencies. The Board also maintains the guidelines upon which the ABA Standards are based.

With passage of other laws, including the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Board’s mission has expanded significantly. It is now responsible for developing and keeping up to date accessibility requirements for the wide array of facilities covered by the ADA, as well as for transportation vehicles and systems. It also issues standards for information and communication technology and for medical diagnostic equipment.

Despite these other duties, the Board continues the important work of enforcing the ABA. We do this through the investigation of complaints from the public. Filing a complaint with the Board is easy to do and can be done through an online form. Complaints should include the name and address of the facility and a brief description of the access barriers or issues. Complaints can be filed anonymously.

The first step of an investigation is to determine whether the facility at issue is covered by the ABA. If so, the next step is to determine whether the facility meets the applicable accessibility standard. If the facility is not subject to the ABA or if it meets the appropriate accessibility standard, the Board will advise the complainant of its findings. Some facilities are not covered by the ABA but by other laws such as the ADA, which is enforced by other agencies and the courts.

If the facility does not meet the applicable standard, the Board will work with the responsible entities to develop a plan to bring the facility into compliance. Complaints are typically resolved amicably with the responsible agencies or departments. Cases remain open until all necessary corrective action is completed. In FY 2020, the Board resolved 55 cases through corrective action – continuing an upward trend from 43 such cases in FY 2018 and 48 in FY 2019.

[Note: Only those cases resolved in the Southeast Region are listed below. For the complete list, go to https://www.access-board.gov/news/2013-access-board-resolves-55-architectural-barriers-act-cases-through-corrective-action-in-fy-2020]

ABA Cases Resolved Through Corrective [Action]
(October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020)

U.S. Postal Facilities – [8] Resolved Cases

  • U.S. Post Office (Cullman, Alabama): The Postal Service took corrective action to adjust the manual opening force of two interior doors and two exterior doors.
  • U.S. Post Office (Deltona, Florida): The Postal Service took corrective action to adjust the manual opening force of two interior doors and two exterior doors.
  • U.S. Post Office (Fernandina Beach, Florida): The Postal Service took corrective action to repair, adjust, or replace the door closers on the customer entrance doors to reduce the force needed to open them manually.
  • U.S. Post Office (Crittenden, Kentucky): The Postal Service took corrective action to repair, adjust, or replace the door closers on the customer entrance doors to reduce the force needed to open them manually.
  • U.S. Post Office (Erlanger, Kentucky): The Postal Service took corrective action to repair, adjust, or replace the door closers on the customer entrance doors to reduce the force needed to open them manually.
  • U.S. Post Office (Southaven, Mississippi): The Postal Service took corrective action to install three accessible parking spaces, including one van accessible space, in the parking lot serving the facility.
  • U.S. Post Office (Starkville, Mississippi): The Postal Service took corrective action to repair the manual door closers on three entrance doors.
  • U.S. Post Office (Charleston, South Carolina): The Postal Service took corrective action to adjust the manual opening force of three interior doors and two exterior doors.

Military and Veterans Affairs Facilities – [2] Resolved Cases

  • Fleet Readiness Center Southeast, Building 168 (Jacksonville, Florida): The Department of the Navy took corrective action to install a platform lift to provide access to the building’s second floor.
  • Fleet Readiness Center Southeast, Building 168 (Jacksonville, Florida): The Department of the Navy took corrective action to make the men’s and women’s toilet rooms accessible and to install a platform lift to provide access to the building’s second floor.

Recreation Facilities – [There were no Resolved Cases in the Southeast Region.]

Other Facilities – [1] Resolved Cases

  • Public sidewalk (Wilson, North Carolina): The City of Wilson installed a curb ramp at a public sidewalk that had been constructed using funds from a Department of Transportation grant.

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https://www.access-board.gov/news/2013-access-board-resolves-55-architectural-barriers-act-cases-through-corrective-action-in-fy-2020


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