OBO Access Guide  


This Guide represents the policy of the U.S. Department of State to provide barrier-free accessible diplomatic facilities in accordance with federal law. New and existing buildings and facilities shall be designed and constructed to be accessible in accordance with the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Standards, The Access Board, July 23, 2004, as amended by GSA 2006.

The Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) of 1968 prescribes that standards be issued for the design, construction and alteration of federal buildings to provide accessibility to areas used by the public or where physically disabled persons will be employed or reside.

The ABA Standards that were subsequently enacted contain the design, construction and alteration standards necessary for minimum compliance with the ABA for exterior sites and buildings.

Federal Facility Criteria: