AIA Illinois has been asked to provide commentary on the newly revised Illinois Accessibility Code. This is a long time coming, and is nearly complete. If you are interested in reviewing the code, please see this message below from the Illinois Capital Development Board.
Calling All Code Experts!
The Capital Development Board has been mandated through the Environmental Barriers Act to update the Illinois Accessibility Code so that it is more closely modeled after the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design. In addition, the updated IAC also includes Accessibility Guidelines for Pedestrian Facilities in the Public Right-of-Way and Shared Use Paths. These documents are all being combined to create a new comprehensive IAC.
A small working group was developed to assist with the update. The group is comprised of members from the Capital Development Board, the Attorney General’s Office, Illinois Department of Transportation, the design industry and the disability community. We also have a vendor on contract that provided a comparison of the IAC and the ADA which was used to draft the new IAC.
The IAC is currently written as an administrative rule and must be updated through the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR). In order to gain consensus and make this process go more smoothly, we are reaching out to stakeholders prior to filing with JCAR. We would like your organization to review the Code and provide feedback to AIA Illinois by August 11, 2016. We prefer that the comments from your organization come back to us from one central point of contact rather than receiving them from individuals. The revised IAC can be viewed here. Please send all comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org