In 2008, the Board established a Subcommittee on Regulations, which is made up of members of the Board and eight volunteer members. Specifically, the membership includes two design professionals, one graphics designer/specialist and his assistant, two industry and/or government professionals, and two advocates. . The Board is currently reviewing and comparing its regulations to the old ADA, the new ADA, IBC, and Fair Housing and is reworking all of the existing code graphics for the future edition of 521 CMR. During this review period, architects, building officials, advocates and industry professionals are encouraged to submit proposed language changes, graphic illustration suggestions etc, to the subcommittee for analysis.
During the entire 40 year history of the Board, the intent of 521 CMR has remained the same, "to provide persons with disabilities full, free and safe use of all buildings and facilities, so that all such persons may have the educational, living and recreational opportunities necessary to be as self-sufficient as possible and to assume full responsibilities as citizens." The Board and the staff pride themselves on up holding its mission, and continue to assist designers, advocates, building inspectors and property owners of the Commonwealth in creating and maintaining accessibility that is fair and balanced throughout the State.
AAB Subcommittee on Regulations - 2008
Members back row -Diane McLeod, Andrew Bedar, Kevin Hastings, Scott Landgren, Joe Murray, Ann Schairo, Donald Lang, chairman, Kate Sutton, Nancy Angney and Myra Berloff Members front row-Michael Kennedy, John Kelly, Thomas P. Hopkins