United States Accessibility – The 2010 Standard for Accessible Design (SAD) became the American standard in March 2010, with all state and local codes having to be in compliance by March 2011. This civil rights legislation from the Justice Department is an update of the 1991 Americans with Disabilities Act Guidelines(ADAAG). The current standards are based on codes developed by the American National Standards Institute and the International Building Code and currently, all are harmonized to be consistent with one another in most places. States and localities integrate the SAD into their own building codes which are enforced by local code officials or fire marshals. Some states including California have moved well beyond the national code with specific sign and enforcement requirements.
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