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Government & Advocacy

1968 - The Architectural Barriers Act of 1968 is signed. "requires that buildings and facilities that are designed, constructed, or altered with Federal funds, or leased by a Federal agency, comply with Federal standards for physical accessibility. ABA requirements are limited to architectural standards in new and altered buildings and in newly leased facilities. They do not address the activities conducted in those buildings and facilities. Facilities of the U.S. Postal Service are covered by the ABA."[1]


Births

  • 1870 - Charles A. Browne - American agricultural chemist. Browne was the 4th Commissioner for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).[2]


Deaths

  • 1884 - Julia Brace - Deafblind student. Brace was the first deafblind person in America to receive instruction.[3]


References

  1. A Guide to Disability Rights Laws U.S. Department of Justice. September, 2005. Accessed on February 1, 2008.
  2. "Charles A. Browne, Ph.D.." U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Accessed on June 2, 2008.
  3. Wait, Gary E. "Julia Brace." Trustees of Dartmouth College. Accessed on March 18, 2008.