Medical Diagnostic Equipment Accessibility Standards
Section 4203 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Pub. L. 111-148, 124 Stat. L. 119) amended the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 by adding Section 510 to the Rehabilitation Act. Section 510 of the Rehabilitation Act requires the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board), in consultation with the Food and Drug Administration, to issue accessibility standards for medical diagnostic equipment to ensure that such equipment is accessible to, and usable by, individuals with disabilities to the maximum extent possible. The Access Board will hold a public information meeting to discuss the accessibility needs of individuals with disabilities with respect to medical diagnostic equipment and existing guidance for designing accessible medical diagnostic equipment. The meeting will provide an opportunity for individuals with disabilities, health care providers, and medical diagnostic equipment manufacturers to provide information to assist the Access Board in establishing accessibility standards for medical diagnostic equipment.