The Board sponsors and coordinates research for use in developing accessibility guidelines and providing technical assistance to the public.  The Board’s research program is focused on the study of accessibility relating to architecture and design, communication, and transportation.

A key mission of the Board is developing and maintaining accessibility guidelines and standards under several different laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  This includes design requirements for facilities in the private and public sectors, transportation vehicles, telecommunications equipment, and Federal electronic and information technology.  Most Board research projects are designed to develop information for its use in writing or updating these design criteria.  The Board also funds the development of technical assistance and training materials useful to its audience, including designers, specifiers, and consumers.  Such materials offer guidance on accessible design, compliance with Board guidelines, and best practices.

The Board welcomes information on research initiatives related to accessibility and accessible design.  The Board maintains a strong interest in coordinating research with other entities and in exploring potential partnerships.  For more information about the Board’s research program, contact our Coordinator of Research (vacancy), at research@access-board.gov.