U.S. Access Board: Board to Hold Panel Discussions in New York City on May 15

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The U.S. Access Board will conduct public briefings on its work and hold several panel discussions on accessibility in New York City on May 15. The agenda also includes public question and answer sessions. The briefings will cover guidelines for outdoor developed areas on federal sites that the Board issued last year and new supplementary guidelines it is developing for emergency transportable housing.

Several panel discussions will be held on various topics, including New York's experience improving access to taxicabs, enforcement activities by the U.S. Department of Justice under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and rebuilding efforts after Super Storm Sandy. Briefings and panel discussions will take place in a morning session and an afternoon session. Both sessions will include open forums where members of the public can pose questions or comments on these or other topics of interest concerning accessibility.

All events are open to the public and will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building in lower Manhattan. People can attend all events or just those of particular interest. For further information, contact Kathy Johnson at johnson@access-board.gov, (202) 272-0041 (voice), or (202) 272-0065 (TTY). The Board requests that attendees refrain from wearing perfume, cologne and other fragrances for the comfort of all participants.

U.S. Access Board Briefings and Panel Discussions
May 15, 9:30 – 4:00
Jacob K. Javits Federal Building, 6th Floor, Conference Rooms A/B
26 Federal Plaza at Broadway and Worth (use Broadway entrance)

Program
9:30 – 12:00

  • Board Briefing: Final Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas
  • Panel Discussion: Taxicab Accessibility in New York City
  • featuring Jim Weisman, United Spinal Association Senior Vice President and General Counsel, and Janice Schacter Lintz, Chair, Hearing Access Program
  • Panel Discussion: U.S. Department of Justice ADA Enforcement Actions featuring David Kennedy, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York
  • Public Question and Answer Period
1:30 – 4:00
  • Board Briefing: Supplementary Guidelines on Emergency Transportable Housing
  • Panel Discussion: Rebuilding after Super Storm Sandy
  • including: Susan Dooha, Executive Director for the Center for Independence of the Disabled, Rosemary Lamb, Executive Director for the New York Commission on Quality of Care & Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities, Edith Prentiss, Disability Advocate, and Marcie Roth, Director of the Office of Disability Integration and Coordination, Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Public Question and Answer Period

 
 

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Michele Ohmes

thumbnail image Michele S. Ohmes is an Americans with Disabilities Act specialist and wheelchair user who works with public works departments, facility managers, and contractors. Her design manual — ADA and Accessibility: Let's Get Practical — is available on CD-ROM through the American Public Works Association's Web site. Author's note: Michele & Associates does not render legal advice and has no enforcement authority regarding the ADA or other federal disability-rights legislation.