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Product Information U.S. Access Board

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The Access Board is an independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities. It operates with about 30 staff and a governing board of representatives from Federal departments and public members appointed by the President. Key responsibilities of the Board include:

- Developing and maintaining accessibility requirements for the built environment, transit vehicles, telecommunications equipment, and for electronic and information technology;

- Providing technical assistance and training on these guidelines and standards;

- Enforcing accessibility standards for federally funded facilities.

The agency's website also offers information on the following laws:

- Architectural Barriers Act, a law requiring access to facilities designed, built, altered, or leased with Federal funds.

- Rehabilitation Act, which created the Access Board.

- Americans with Disabilities Act, a major civil rights law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability in the private and public sectors.

- Telecommunications Act (Section 255), which requires access to new telecommunications and customer premises equipment where "readily achievable."

- Rehabilitation Act Amendments which amend section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act to ensure access to electronic and information technology in the Federal sector.

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