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The Architectural Barriers Act and the Federal Government

WEBINAR | 9:00 am - 11:00 am PDT

The Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standards (ABAAS) are the most widely applied physical access requirements for the design and construction of Federal facilities (over 450,000 buildings, leases, and other structures). It’s implementing statue, the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968 (ABA), was a signature achievement in the history of disability rights as the first Federal legislation mandating that buildings be accessible. However, the ABA is relatively unknown beyond the Federal Government. In this session, we will review the ABA’s history and its relationship to the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES | Participants will gain:

  • a general understanding of the Act and key aspects of the ABAAS important to the subject matter literacy of accessibility professionals;
  • an overview of the implementation and enforcement of the ABAAS with a focus on the U.S. General Services Administration’s and U.S. Access Board’s fundamental roles;
  • the critical differences between the ABAAS and the 2010 ADA Standards;
  • a review of leasing situations where the ABA, ADA, and state/local codes overlap;
  • a sense of the limitations of the ABA and key areas where the other the Acts are more applicable.

Speaker: REX PACE

Rex Pace has over 30 years of experience making the built environment accessible to people with disabilities and currently manages the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) National Accessibility Program (www.gsa.gov/real-estate/design-construction/accessible-facility-design). He leads the Agency’s mission to provided quality and efficiently designed accessible facilities meeting the needs of all ages and abilities. A critical aspect of his role is to ensure the Agency’s obligations under the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) are achieved. Rex came to GSA from the U.S. Access Board where he was a senior accessibility specialist and oversaw the technical assistance program. While there, he was a co-lead on the rulemaking to set standards for accessible medical diagnostic equipment.


2020 Spring Webinar | Friday, June 12, 2020 from 9 am - 11 am PDT