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April ANSI Caucus to Feature Senior Specialist, U.S. Access Board

New York, Mar 24, 2006

On Friday, April 7, 2006, the ANSI Caucus will feature Marsha K. Mazz, senior accessibility specialist, Office of Technical and Information Services at the U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board. Ms. Mazz will discuss the various U.S. Access Board guidelines and standards in relation to their enforceability under regulations implemented by other federal agencies. Particular emphasis will be given to the revised Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Guidelines. She will also explore efforts to reference and harmonize guidelines and standards with national model codes and voluntary consensus standards.

Ms. Mazz is responsible for the continued development of the ADA and the ABA Accessibility Guidelines. She also oversees the technical assistance program that addresses public questions about accessibility to buildings and facilities covered by these laws. In addition, Ms. Mazz serves as the Access Board’s representative to the model code organizations.

Prior to joining the Access Board in 1989, Ms. Mazz worked at the Disabled Student Services office, where she was instrumental in helping a major state university to respond to the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Among her numerous memberships and affiliations, Ms. Mazz sits on the International Code Council (ICC)/ANSI A117 Committee on Architectural Features and Site Design of Public Buildings and Residential Structures for Persons with Disabilities. She also serves on the ASME A18 Committee on Safety Standards for Platform Lifts and Stairway Chairlift and as a member of the ICC Code Technology Committee and the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) Disability Access Review Advisory Committee.

Sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the April Caucus event will begin at 12:00 noon with general networking; lunch will be served promptly at 12:30 pm. The National Press Club is located at 1529 14th Street, NW, 13th Floor (Zenger Room). To RSVP, please contact Jim McCabe, consumer relations and public policy director (; 212.642.8921) by April 3, 2006.

ANSI Caucus luncheons are held on the first Friday of each month and are free to ANSI members. For more information on caucus luncheons, please contact David Karmol, ANSI vice president, public policy and government affairs (; 202.331.3610).

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