The Board organized the Courthouse Access Advisory Committee to promote accessibility in the design of courthouses. The Committee was charged with developing design solutions and best practice recommendations for accessible courthouses. In addition, the Committee’s charter called for recommendations on outreach and educational strategies for disseminating this information most effectively to various audiences. The Committee’s 35 members included courthouse architects, disability groups, members of the judiciary, court administrators, representatives of the codes community and standard-setting entities, government agencies, and others.
Over the course of its two-year charter, the Committee met quarterly in different cities and toured various types of courthouses in each location. In developing its recommendations, the Committee followed a consensus-based model according to protocols governing Federal advisory committees. In November 2006, the Committee submitted its report to the Board.
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