US Access Board Animations

Have you checked out the animations on the US Access Board website?  These are excellent visual tools to explain the ADA Standards!

Wheelchair Maneuvering – Captioned

Maneuvering at Doors – Captioned

Accessible Toilet Rooms – Captioned

Accessible Bathing Facilities – Captioned

Protruding Objects – Captioned

Parking and Passenger Loading Zones – Captioned

Signs – Captioned


Braitmayer elected as Chair, US Access Board

Seattle, WA (March 20, 2013) – Architect Karen Braitmayer was unanimously elected Chair of the United States Access Board at the March 13 meeting in Washington, DC. President Barack Obama appointed Braitmayer to the Board in 2010. The Access Board is an independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities.

“I’m honored to be elected Chair and look forward to working with this talented Board to increase accessibility in our communities for all citizens,” says Braitmayer.

Braitmayer is the founder of Karen Braitmayer, FAIA, Seattle, WA, an architectural consulting firm specializing in accessibility and accessible design.  She advises state agencies, local governments, school districts, developers and architects on accessibility for housing, commercial, retail, institutional and educational projects. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and served on the Advisory Board of the Northwest ADA Center and on the Board of the Northwest Center (for people with Developmental Disabilities). Braitmayer received a BA from Rice University and a Master of Architecture from the University of Houston.

Previously, Braitmayer served as Vice Chair of the Access Board and succeeds past Chair, Susan Brita, Deputy Administrator for the US General Services Administration, who will now serve as Vice Chair. Board members serve four-year terms and officers serve one-year terms.

Created in 1973, the Access Board ensures access to federally funded facilities and is 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.  The Board provides technical assistance and training on these requirements, accessible design and enforces accessibility standards that cover federally funded facilities. To learn more, visit

Buy one, Give one: RoughRider® from Whirlwind

RoughRider wheelchair from Whirlwind Wheelchairs Intl.

Hey – did you know you could buy one of the most functional, affordable all-terrain wheelchairs AND be sure someone else in a developing country gets the same great, adjustable, durable chair as you?  Check out Whirlwind Wheelchair International’s new BOGO program with the RoughRider, available in the U.S.  What a novel idea – benefiting our fellow ‘chair users who have less access to durable medical equipment than we have – and saving a little money ourselves.

From their website: “Whirlwind Wheelchair International is a non-profit social enterprise dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities in the developing world while also promoting sustainable local economic development in the process. We work to make it possible for every person in the world who needs a high quality wheelchair to obtain one,  leading to maximum personal independence and integration into society. By giving wheelchair riders a central role in all aspects of our designs and projects, Whirlwind ensures that our chairs are individually appropriate for each user and his or her respective environment. For thirty years in over 40 countries we have focused on producing durable, low-cost, and highly functional wheelchairs. These chairs give riders the reliable and functional mobility they need to reach their full potential. Our active adult wheelchair design, the RoughRider®, is used by 25,000 riders traveling over every terrain that only the best of wheelchairs can cross, from muddy village paths to rough pot-holed urban streets.”