BEFORE THE ARCHITECTURAL AND TRANSPORTATION BARRIERS COMPLIANCE BOARD: MINIMUM GUIDELINES AND REQUIREMENTS FOR ACCESSIBLE DESIGN

by Robert S. Goldfarb on October 17, 1980
by Robert S. Goldfarb, R. Robert Russell, Thomas D. Hopkins, Jay H. Walder and Paula L. Abrams

The Council on Wage and Price Stability has submitted comments on the guidelines proposed by the Architectural and
Transportation Barriers Compliance Board to make Federal buildings more accessible to the handicapped.  The Council urged the Board to hold off finalizing its guidelines until it can incorporate cost effectiveness principles that ensure the largest possible gains in accessibility per dollar of cost to society.  The Council recommended that if the Board decides to implement the current proposed guidelines before completing a more adequate analysis, the Board·should establish a policy that those who request a waiver could be asked to supply the data needed to conduct a meaningful cost and benefit evaluation. The Council also recommended that waivers be provided where there is low potential use by handicapped individuals, that the rules covering building alterations be modified in specific respects, and that a cost-cap provision be incorporated to prevent costs from becoming exorbitant. A copy of the Council’s comments is attached.

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