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BOMA International Commemorates 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

July 26, 2010


BOMA Celebrates Two Decades of Helping Commercial Buildings Comply with Accessibility Codes and Standard

(WASHINGTON—July 26, 2010) The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law 20 years ago today. Since that day, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International has devoted its efforts to help commercial building owners and managers improve accessibility in commercial building, ensuring that buildings are compliant with the most recent ADA standards and codes. The ADA, signed into law on July 26, 1990, is a landmark civil rights law guaranteeing the rights of people with disabilities and prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability.

BOMA International has been a recognized leader in accessibility since the ADA was signed into law and has had extensive input in key accessibility forums, including the ANSI A117 Committee and the ADA Accessibility Guidelines Review Advisory Committee.  Both committees have worked to set a foundation for consistency between accessibility requirements of federal law, model codes, and state and local regulations.

Over the past two decades, BOMA has also created an entire library of ADA compliance materials for commercial property owners and managers, including:

  • BOMA International’s ADA Compliance Guidebook: A Checklist for Your Building (1991);
  • The ADA Answer Book (1992);
  • Opening Doors: Your Guide for Accommodating Persons with Disabilities (1992);
  • Guide to ADA Accessibility Regulations: Complying with Federal Rules and Model Building Code Requirements (2003) and more.

“From the time of ADA’s passage, BOMA International staff, consultants and key members have played a critical role in ensuring commercial property owners and managers understand the laws and regulations for compliance,” stated BOMA International Chair Ray H. Mackey, Jr., RPA, CPM, CCIM, partner and chief operating officer, Stream Realty Partners, L.P. “We are very proud of our leadership and look forward to our continued involvement in the accessibility arena.”

New guidelines that amend the ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) are currently undergoing review by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), which was given enforcement responsibility of the ADA most directly affecting commercial real estate. BOMA has worked with participating groups to ensure the forthcoming changes are consistent, reasonable and clear. BOMA also called on DOJ to maintain a broad grandfather clause to protect existing facilities already in compliance with current ADAAG.

Learn more about BOMA’s work on accessibility laws, codes and standards.


About BOMA International
The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is an international federation of more than 100 local associations and affiliated organizations. Founded in 1907, its 17,000-plus members own or manage more than nine billion square feet of commercial properties. BOMA International’s mission is to enhance the human, intellectual and physical assets of the commercial real estate industry through advocacy, education, research, standards and information. On the Web at

Lindsay Tiffany
Manager of Media Relations
BOMA International
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