The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, a major civil rights law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability, establishes design requirements for the construction or alteration of facilities. It covers facilities in the private sector (places of public accommodation and commercial facilities) and the public sector (state and local government facilities). Under the ADA, the U.S. Access Board, an independent Federal agency, is responsible for accessibility guidelines covering newly built and altered facilities. In 1991, the Board published the ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) which serve as the basis for standards used to enforce the law.
ADA Accessibility Guidelines Side-by-Side Comparison – The information presented on this website is a comparison between the updated ADA Accessibility Guidelines, the original ADA Standards, and the International Building Code (2003 edition).