Douglas J. Anderson began his term as.Chair of the United States Access Board in March 2009. The Board is an independent Federal agency that works to ensure accessibility for people with disabilities. It operates with about thirty staff and a governing board, which includes representatives from federal departments and public members appointed by the president. Originally created under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, the Board was charged with ensuring federal agency compliance with the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and the 1998 Amendments to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act each significantly expanded the Board’s mandate. It is also a key resource of information on accessible design, responsible for developing design criteria, guidelines, and standards, and providing technical assistance and training to those involved in the creation of accessible designs.