ADA/AAB SUMMARY



There are two separate, distinct and independent Regulatory Agencies in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in which compliance must be satisfied. It is imperative that the reader understands and recognizes the difference and legal impact of both these regulatory entities.
 

I. Architectural Access Board
 

The Massachusetts Architectural Access Board, here forth refereed as AAB, was established in 1983 and is now a part of the sixth edition of the Massachusetts State Building Code. As a component of the building code, it is enforced by local building departments and subsequently is a minimum standard for compliance. Compliance is limited to Massachusetts.
 

Compliance with AAB regulations has these significative:

II. Americans with Disabilities Act
 

The Americans with Disabilities Act, henceforth referred to as ADA, unlike AAB is not a code, but a Federal civil right law enacted to prohibit discrimination upon the basis of disability. This law has three distinctive civil rights components relative to discrimination. Public accommodations are one of the three sections. It is this section, public accommodations, that is the focus of this report and has the significant impact on this facility.
 

In considering ADA and the civil rights objectives of this Act it is important to be aware of the following:
 

SIGNIFICANT FACTS REGARDING ADA COMPLIANCE:
  SIGNIFICANT ISSUES RELATIVE TO YOUR FACILITY:
  SIGNIFICANT APPROACH RELATIVE TO YOUR FACILITY: