ADA Guideline Information and Meeting in DC

U.S. Access Board to Hold Forum on Assembly Area Accessibility (September 6)

On September 6 the U.S. Access Board will hold a public forum on accessibility and assembly areas. The day-long event will focus on accessibility issues related to the design of movie theaters, dinner theaters, performing arts centers, lecture halls, stadiums, arenas, grandstands, and other assembly venues. It will be structured as a town hall meeting where participants can raise questions or concerns that arise in achieving access to different types of assembly spaces.

The Board is particularly interested in design challenges and potential solutions related to the standards issued under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as well as those that apply to federally funded facilities under the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA). Technical questions concerning use of these standards in new construction and alterations are also welcome. This includes provisions on the dispersion of wheelchair spaces, lines of sight, companion seating, designated aisle seats, luxury boxes, club suites, and assistive listening systems, among others. The Board is collecting this information for a technical bulletin on assembly areas that it plans to develop as part of its Guide to the ADA Standards and the ABA Standards.

Persons with disabilities, advocacy groups, designers and architects, trade groups, codes organizations, industry, manufacturers, and other interested parties are welcome to attend. Registration is not required. This event will be in-person only and will not be streamed online. Direct any questions to Dave Yanchulis at or (202) 272-0026 (v), or (202) 272-0027 (TTY).

Information Meeting on Assembly Area Accessibility       Add to Calendar
September 6, 9:30 – 5:00 (ET)
Access Board Conference Center
1331 F Street, NW, Suite 800
Washington, D.C. 
Note: For the comfort of all participants and to promote a fragrance-free environment, attendees are requested not to use perfume, cologne, or other fragrances.

Money Smart Training

We promised to let you know if our computer based game format (CBI) is accessible for use with screen readers.  Our contractor has completed the requests made by the FDIC 508 compliant staff.  The CBI should be readable using assistive technology.  There is also audio that can be turned on to use the CBI if needed.


Also, we learned that the registration period for our Money Smart Advance Team has been extended to August 1st so I encourage you to sign up for that.  As a refresher, here is some information on that:

The FDIC has formed the new Money Smart Advance Team (MSAT).  Federally insured financial institutions, non-profit organizations that have been recognized as tax-exempt by IRS, Federal agencies, K-12 schools or school districts, colleges or universities, and other state or local government agencies (including governmental entities) that engage in financial education activities, or plan to do so, and who join the MSAT will get an early look at the updated instructor-led Money Smart for Adults curriculum, scheduled for release in September, and other benefits.

Individuals and other types of organizations not listed here are ineligible to join the Money Smart Alliance at this time.

Money Smart Advance Team

Money Smart Advance Team (MSAT) is a limited-time program open only for Money Smart Alliance Members that teach the FDIC’s Money Smart for Adults program. The MSAT will operate through Winter 2019.


The updated Money Smart for Adults is expected to be released in September 2018!


The updates:


  • Feature new content, activities, and design;
  • Offer modernized learning tools; and
  • Incorporate instructional best practices and feedback from users.


MSAT Benefits

The benefits to joining include:

  • Advanced copies of the updated instructor-led Money Smart for Adults products;
  • Early training to orient your staff to the new materials; and
  • Eligibility for recognition in a special edition of Money Smart News that will highlight several noteworthy examples of curriculum implementation.
  • Want advance copies before the public release?



The MSAT is a subset of the Money Smart Alliance. To apply for Money Smart Alliance membership and join the MSAT, indicate your organization’s planned use of Money Smart for Adults during the Alliance enrollment process by July 1, 2018.

Current Money Smart Alliance members can join the MSAT by adding Money Smart for Adults to their Alliance member profile by August 1, 2018.



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Guardian and Conservators Changes July

The New Mexico Supreme Court has issued the final versions of forms to be used by guardians and conservators beginning July 1, as required by the new law passed by the Legislature earlier this year.  A flyer and notice from the Court are attached to this email, along with Frequently Asked Questions that give more information on the forms and the new court procedures.


Copies of the forms are available on the courts’ website at  The FAQs also are posted on the site.


Please pass this information on to others who need to be aware of the changes.