ABFDC (Architectural Barrier-Free Design Committee)
The Committee on Architectural Barrier-Free Design (AB Committee), as part of the Governor's Commission on Disability, strives to remove both structural and attitudinal barriers that prohibit access to programs and services for people with disabilities in the State of New Hampshire.
The AB Committee, mandated by NH RSA 275-C:11, consists of individuals with diverse backgrounds from throughout New Hampshire, the majority of which have a disability. While educating the public, architects, code enforcement officials and contractors about state and federal accessibility standards and the right to equal access, members of the Committee share the commitment to a common-sense approach to make New Hampshire accessible to people with disabilities.
Responsibilities of the AB Committee include:
- To develop, enforce and distribute the Code for Barrier Free Design (AB Code - found in part 300 of the rules)
- The AB Code mandates accessibility for new public buildings and older buildings undergoing substantial remodeling
- To provide public educational opportunities on the accessibility standards that apply in New Hampshire
- To provide technical assistance and guidance regarding access
- To provide information on the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and the ADA Standards for Accessible Design.
The AB Committee meets monthly, on the third (3rd) Tuesday of every month, from 1:00 to 4:00pm in the conference room of the Governor's Commission on Disability, 57 Regional Drive, Concord, NH. All AB Committee meetings are open to the public.