Feb 222010

The Access Board produced 5 handouts on classroom acoustics for parents;  you can see them online at http://www.quietclassrooms.org/ada/ada.htm.   There are also printed copies available in Spanish.

Workplace accommodations under title 1 (and 2) can include assistive listening systems.  See more detail at http://www.access-board.gov/adaag/about/bulletins/als-index.htm and http://www.access-board.gov/research/interference.htm.  Assembly areas that provide amplification are required to install ALS.

The Access Board is also working on referencing S12.60-2002 in the International Building Code.  This would provide for much-needed local enforcement and would facilitate (via harmonization) inclusion in the ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG).

– Thanks to Lois Thibault, US Access Board and NVRC, Fairfax