Accessibility of public buildings in the United States: a cross-sectional survey

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Despite existing revised legislation on the accessibility of public buildings in the United States, people with disabilities continue to experience barriers that limit their participation and engagement in the context of the community. This researcher developed, cross-sectional survey study, explored trends in accessing public buildings, accessibility problems encountered, and approaches for accessing information and resources for accessibility of specific buildings among people with disabilities (n = 109). Respondents largely reported on accessibility barriers encountered in communal spaces and how having prior knowledge of accessibility may have influenced their plans to access the community. Despite having knowledge that accessibility guidelines exist, a majority of respondents were not particularly familiar with how to retrieve this information and reported interest in web- and mobile-based technology to locate and share accessibility information. This study highlights how people with disabilities experience accessibility challenges and the implications for web-based resources to provide accessibility information.