1.8.3 ADA Accessibility Guidelines


All services purchased by DARS DBS for its consumers must be provided in an accessible manner.

Effective June 1, 2000, each provider subject to DARS DBS standards must provide the results of a self-evaluation along with a written explanation, if necessary, of how its services are provided in an accessible manner

  • before being approved to provide services to DARS DBS consumers for the first time,
  • before the renewal of their contract,
  • before being approved to provide services at a new address, or
  • at the request of DARS DBS monitors.

For a sample of a self-evaluation instrument, see The U.S. Department of Justice, Checklist for Readily Available Barrier Removal.

If DARS DBS receives a complaint about the accessibility of the services of a particular provider, DARS DBS investigates to determine whether contract terms have been violated.

The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board has issued ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) to be applied during the design, construction, and alteration of buildings and facilities covered by ADA Titles II and III. These guidelines are adopted by the U.S. Department of Justice as Appendix A to its ADA Title III rules.

For more information, see ADA Accessibility Guidelines.

To obtain a copy of the ADAAG or other information from the U.S. Department of Justice, call 1-800-514-0301 Voice, (202) 514-0381 TTY, or 1-800-514-0383 TTY. For technical questions, contact the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board at 1-800-USA-ABLE.

In addition, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation administers the state Architectural Barriers Act, Article 9102, Texas Civil Statutes. The Texas Accessibility Standards (TAS) are based on the ADAAG and apply to buildings and facilities constructed on or after April 1, 1994.

For more information, see the Texas Accessibility Standards.

To purchase copies of the TAS, contact

Office of the Secretary of State Texas Register Division
PO Box 13824
Austin, Texas 78711-3824
(512) 463-5561
(512) 463-5569 Fax
1-800-735-2989 (TDD)