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    Physical Access

    ARCHITECTURAL BARRIERS ACT (ABA)

    Requires buildings and facilities that are designed, constructed, or altered with federal funds, or leased by a federal agency, to comply with federal standards for physical accessibility. ABA requirements do not address the activities conducted in those buildings and facilities.

    CALIFORNIA REGULATIONS

    California has a set of laws providing access to individuals with disabilities. Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations encompasses a comprehensive set of requirements for almost all areas of accessibility for persons with physical and sensory disabilities.

    California requires that all buildings, structures, sidewalks, curbs and related facilities constructed in California, beginning in 1968, using state, county, or municipal funds, and used by the public were accessible and usable by disabled people Buildings constructed before 1968 must have been made accessible when any alterations, structural repairs, or additions were made – the accessibility requirement applies to the altered area, the path of travel and key facilities which serve it (i.e. bathrooms).

    California requires that facilities built with private funds after July 1, 1970, which are open to the public, be accessible to disabled people. Facilities constructed before July 1, 1970 must have been made accessible when any alterations, structural repairs, or additions were made – the accessibility requirement applies to the altered area, the path of travel and key facilities that serve it (i.e. bathrooms).

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