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The Architectural Barriers Act (“Act”) is a federal legislation enacted by Congress in 1968. The Act is codified at 42 USCS prec § 4151. The Act ensures that federally funded buildings and facilities are accessible to the public. This Act also facilitates in providing certain federally funded buildings and facilities to be accessible to people with disabilities.
The Act ensures uniform standards for the design, construction and alteration of buildings so that physically handicapped persons will have ready access to and use of them. The following are the four federal agencies responsible for the creation and alteration of buildings so that physically handicapped persons will have ready access to and use of them:
1.The Department of Defense,
2.The Department of Housing and Urban Development,
3.The General Services Administration, and
4.The U.S. Postal Service.