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The Accessible Virtual Community

Welcome to our virtual community!

In our ACCESS Main Street virtual community you will find resources and links related to accessibility and universal design wherever you live, work and play. Move your cursor to a building and just click to enter. In each area of the community we have provided a few "key resources". If you would like to find more information, you can search on our  "Search Page".

Do you work outside your home? Are you an employer looking for information about disabilities? Click on the building where you work to find UD information and tips about accessibility that pertain to employees and employers.

Are you having difficulty getting into a restaurant due to architectural barriers? Do you plan to open a restaurant and want to be sure that you are accessible to all potential customers? Click on a Restaurants and Dining building to find information about making restaurants accessible.

How can my apartment building be made accessible to all? Click on Homes and Lodging for guidelines on universally designed or remodeled bathrooms, kitchens and more.

"July 26 marks the 19th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.... the ADA's provisions include the right to seek, obtain, pursue and maintain employment without being hampered by physical or attitudinal barriers. I believe that having a job is a civil right. Those who are qualified for and want to work should not be denied that right because of an inaccessible building or an outdated set of assumptions about what they can or cannot do..."

Hilda L. Solis, U.S. Secretary of Labor , July 24, 2009