Accessibility Standards for assembly areas

From the U.S. Access Board

US Access Board logoJune 3, 2021
2:30 – 4:00 pm ET

The next webinar in the U.S. Access Board’s free monthly series will take place June 3 from 2:30 – 4:00 (ET) and will review the scoping and technical requirements for assembly areas in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Standards. These requirements apply to movie theatres, lecture halls, grandstands, performing arts centers, stadiums, arenas, and other assembly areas. Access Board Accessibility Specialists will discuss provisions for wheelchair spaces, companion seats, accessible routes, designated aisle seats, bleacher seating, assistive listening systems, and press boxes. Presenters will also cover frequently asked questions and common sources of confusion with assembly areas.


Please use this link for more information or to register.

All webinars include video remote interpreting (VRI) and real-time captioning. Questions can be submitted in advance of the session or can be posed during the live webinar. Webinar attendees can earn continuing education credits. The webinar series is hosted by the ADA National Network in cooperation with the Board.

Archived copies of previous Board webinars are available on the site. 


Building Codes and the 2010 ADA Standards – webinar

Date: Tuesday, May 18th, 2021
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm ET 


Accessible buildingThe Great Lakes ADA Center in collaboration with the ADA National Network invites you to register for the upcoming ADA Audio Conference Webinar titled “Building Codes and the 2010 ADA Standards” featuring Kim Paarlberg, Senior Staff Architect, International Code Council (ICC) and Rich Sternadori, Education Coordinator, Great Plains ADA Center.

This informative session covers building codes and the 2010 ADA standards. Our speakers will discuss application of building codes and the ADA to new construction, alteration and existing facilities. Case studies will be used to demonstrate the application of building codes and ADA in different context. Following the presentation there will be time for speakers to address questions from participants.


This free webinar is provided on the Zoom Webinar Platform (closed captioning will be provided via Zoom and Stream Text link option). Certificate of Attendance, ACTCP, AIA HSW CES, ICC available.

Please use this link to register for this webinar

Registration deadline:   Monday, May 17th, 2021. Questions should be directed to

W3C Publishes Working Draft of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 3.0

From the U.S. Access Board

Accessible Information TechnologyThe World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has published the First Call Public Working Draft of its Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 3.0, which are developed through the W3C process in cooperation with individuals and organizations around the world. WCAG 3.0 provides new ways to evaluate web content accessibility for people with disabilities by addressing more types of disabilities, concentrating on both mobile and desktop applications, and developing new tests and scoring to determine accessibility.

While WCAG 3.0 would succeed WCAG 2.1 and 2.0, it would not deprecate these earlier versions. WCAG 3.0 covers a wider set of user and disability needs, publishing requirements, and emerging technologies such as web XR (augmented, virtual, and mixed reality) and voice input. WCAG 3.0 also includes non-normative information about web technologies working in conjunction with authoring tools, user agents, and assistive technologies. The WCAG 3.0 model is designed to support better coverage across disabilities and be easier to maintain so that the model keeps pace with accelerating technology change.

Since the late 1990s, the Board and the WCAG working groups have engaged in ongoing collaboration to make web content more accessible to users with disabilities. The Board’s original Section 508 Standards (2000) cited WCAG 1.0 and included a mapping between specific WCAG 1.0 checkpoints and 508 provisions. The refreshed 508 Standards (2017) incorporate significant portions of WCAG 2.0 by reference.

The finalized WCAG 3.0 standards are not expected to be completed until after 2022. To submit feedback, file an issue in the W3C Silver GitHub repository (GitHub account required). Please file one issue per discrete comment. If filing issues in GitHub is not feasible, send an email to or Feedback and comments on this draft are due by February 26, 2021.

Use this link to view the draft and directions on how to participate and make comments…

Justice and Education Departments Issue Guidance on Effective Communication in Schools

From the US Access Board

US Access Board logoThe Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Education (ED) have issued joint guidance on providing effective communication for students with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as well as the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504). This guidance, which includes frequently asked questions and a fact sheet, is intended to help schools, parents, students and others understand their obligations and rights under these laws.

IDEA requires schools to provide a free and appropriate public education consisting of special education and related services to all eligible children with disabilities. The ADA prohibits discrimination based on disability in the public and private sectors and includes requirements for public schools and other covered entities to provide appropriate auxiliary aids and services to ensure effective means of communication for people with disabilities. The new guidance explains these requirements and how they can be met in order to achieve effective communication for students with hearing, vision, or speech disabilities. It also highlights differences between these laws and notes that certain auxiliary aids or services may be necessary to satisfy the ADA even though they are not required by the IDEA.