Accessibility Informational Resources

U.S. Access Board - The U.S. Access Board is responsible for developing and updating design guidelines known as the ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG). These guidelines are used by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) in setting enforceable standards that the public must follow. Both DOJ's and DOT's current ADA Standards are based on the Board's updated ADAAG (2004). As a result, for the most part, these two sets of standards are very similar. However, each contains additional requirements that are specific to the facilities covered by the respective agencies. These additional requirements define the types of facilities covered, set effective dates, and provide additional scoping or technical requirements for those facilities. DOJ's ADA Standards apply to all facilities except public transportation facilities, which are subject to DOT's ADA Standards. The edition of the ADA Standards provided here are solely applicable to DOJ's additional provisions.

Americans with Disability Act (ADA) - The US Department of Justice webpage contains publications, videos that answer questions such as: what is the ADA? Who is a person with a disability? Who must comply with the ADA? Where can you call to ask questions about the ADA? It contains the ADA regulations, design standards, and other media that provide information about compliance with the ADA and enforcement plus other resource links.

ADA Standards - The ADA standards applicable to our funded recipients are issued by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and apply to facilities covered by the ADA in new construction and alterations. DOJ's standards apply to all facilities covered by the ADA, except public transportation facilities. The standards for covered entities are very similar to those covered under the Department of Transportation (DOT) and are closely based on the Board's ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG). However, each contains a few unique provisions, which are included in this edition of the standards. 

Services for People with Disabilities - The Wisconsin Department of Health Services web page lists programs and services designed to assist the removal of barriers, increase access and provide support to people with disabilities.

Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing - The Wisconsin Department of Health Services Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing provides information, referral, support and training for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.  In addition, the Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing can provide training to service providers and others about technology, issues, and laws that relate to the rights of people that are deaf or hard of hearing.

Office for the Blind and Visually Impaired - The Wisconsin Department of Health Services Bureau for the Blind is a source for anyone who needs information about resources to serve our blind or visually impaired population.

Services for the Elderly - From this page you can access a variety of information on programs and services in Wisconsin for older adults and caregivers.

National Council on Disability - The National Council on Disability is an independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress on issues affecting Americans with disabilities.

The Great Lakes ADA & IT Center - Is one of 10 regional centers funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, a division of the U.S. Department of Education.  Its purpose is to provide technical assistance and training to businesses and people with disabilities regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).

Telecommunications Relay Services - Information about the Telecommunications Relay Service that enables standard voice telephone users to talk to people who have difficulty hearing or speaking on the telephone.

Deaf-Talk provides a mobile videophone conference unit that connects to certified translators within minutes of a request. The customer pays a monthly subscription fee for use of the equipment and for stand-by capacity: the availability is 24/7. The cost of the actual translation is charged by the minute.

Sprint Relay Online (SRO) is a service offered to deaf and hard of hearing individuals that allows them to place relay calls over the Internet between locations in the United States (including its territories). International calls will either be blocked or terminated.

CSD of Wisconsin assists hearing, deaf or hard of hearing individuals access services and information through the use of professional sign language interpreters. Services can be requested by anyone, whether deaf or hard of hearing, for public or private events in our service areas 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Last Revised: December 30, 2020