The IDeA Center practices human centered design through research, development, service, dissemination and educational activities. The primary goal of the Center is to produce knowledge and tools that will increase social participation of groups like people with disabilities and the older generation, who have been marginalized by traditional design practices. Our research activities include systematic reviews, human factors research, usability studies in the field and laboratory, survey research, focus groups and ethnographic studies. Our development activities include architectural design, product development, information technology resources and organizational development activities. The Center produces many dissemination products in both traditional and digital forms and engages in public, university and continuing education initiatives.
378 Hayes Hall, School of Architecture and Planning
3435 Main Street
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14214-3087

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Lawyers at Howrey LLP, publisher of this Web site, have served the construction, infrastructure, engineering and architecture industry for decades. The lawyers used the knowledge and experience they gained in representing all facets of the construction industry in building this site.

Commerce's vision is to make Wisconsin the best place to live and do business. Its mission is to drive retention and creation of quality jobs and promote safe, healthy communities.
201 West Washington Avenue
PO Box 7970
Madison, WI 53707-7970

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This section of Designing a More Usable World is dedicated to cooperative efforts linked toward building a more usable Web for all.
Trace Research & Development Center
University of Wisconsin-Madison
2107 Engineering Centers Bldg.
1550 Engineering Dr.
Madison, WI 53706

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The Disability Access Symbols were produced by the Graphic Artists Guild Foundation with support and technical assistance from the Office for Special Constituencies, National Endowment for the Arts.

This Code is intended to ensure that the built environment, including all spaces and elements of all applicable buildings and facilities in the State of Illinois is so designed, constructed, and/or altered to assure the safety and welfare of all members of society and to be readily accessible to, and usable by, environmentally limited persons. The contact information listed here is for the Capital Development Board (CDB).
Douglas Gamble
Capital Development Board
3rd Floor, William G. Stratton Building
401 South Spring Street
Springfield, Illinois 62706

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The Fire and Building Code Enforcement Branch encourages the development of building code law enforcement programs within state agencies and political subdivisions and exercises any program of supervision that is approved by the Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission. The branch enforces building laws and related variances as well as other orders that apply to Class I structures, industrialized buildings and mobile structures.

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This chapter of the Minnesota State Building Code contains detailed accessibility requirements for persons with disabilities in new buildings, additions to buildings and buildings undergoing alterations. It does not apply to residential dwellings having three or fewer dwelling units in a building. Examples of subjects regulated include, site access to buildings, accessible restroom features, accessibility between different floor levels, features for sight and hearing impaired persons, etc. This resource is housed within the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, Minnesota Construction Codes and Licensing Division.

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Functions of the Board of Building Standards: A) Formulate, adopt, and amend the Building, Mechanical, Plumbing, Elevator, Boiler, and Pressure Piping Codes. B) Certify municipal, county, and township building departments to exercise enforcement authority and to accept and approve plans and specifications, and make inspections and to inspect power, refrigerating, hydraulic, heating, oxygen and other gaseous piping, and liquefied petroleum gas piping systems. C) Conduct hearings, make investigations as deemed necessary or desirable in the discharge of its duties. The BBS is a part of the Division of Industrial Compliance, in the Ohio Department of Commerce.
6606 Tussing Road, P.O. Box 4009
Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068-9009

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Accessible design must be a part of this new philosophy of exhibition development because people with disabilities are a part of museums' diverse audience. Discovering exciting, attractive ways to make exhibitions accessible will most directly serve people with disabilities and older adults. But to name an audience who will not benefit by these designs is impossible. Accessibility begins as a mandate to serve people who have been discriminated against for centuries; it prevails as a tool that serves diverse audiences for a lifetime.
Smithsonian Accessibility Program
Arts and Industries Building
Room 1239 MRC 426
Washington, D.C. 20560

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Mission: The Access Board is an independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities. Created in 1973 to ensure access to federally funded facilities, the Board is now a leading source of information on accessible design. The Board develops and maintains design criteria for the built environment, transit vehicles, telecommunications equipment, and for electronic and information technology. It also provides technical assistance and training on these requirements and on accessible design and continues to enforce accessibility standards that cover federally funded facilities.
1331 F Street, NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20004-1111

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The U.S. Department of Justice is responsible for enforcement of Title II and Title III of the ADA and adopts the Accessibility Standards for enforcement under the ADA. Visit the site to access a copy of the currently enforced accessibility standards under the ADA.
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Civil Rights Division
Disability Rights Section - NYA
Washington, D.C. 20530

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The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) works with organizations around the world to develop strategies, guidelines, and resources to help make the Web accessible to people with disabilities.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
32 Vassar Street
Room 32-G515
Cambridge, MA 02139 USA

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Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 covers a wide range of recommendations for making Web content more accessible. Following these guidelines will make content accessible to a wider range of people with disabilities, including blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, limited movement, speech disabilities, photosensitivity and combinations of these. Following these guidelines will also often make your Web content more usable to users in general.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
32 Vassar Street
Room 32-G515
Cambridge, MA 02139 USA

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