Bill proposed mandating automatic doors

Two Connecticut congressmen have proposed a resolution recommending that the U.S. Postal Service and all other federal facilities install automatic doors so they provide equal access to people with disabilities.

A recent report commissioned by the Access Board, an independent federal agency created to ensure access to federally funded facilities, recommended that all new buildings have at least one automatic door. During the past five years, 71 percent of the complaints received by the Access Board under the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968 concern the U.S. Postal Service’s 36,400 facilities.

Though the installation of automatic doors are not mandated by either the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968, which was passed to ensure accessibility to federally funded facilities, or the Americans with Disabilities Act, automatic doors are required in new facilities by some parts of the federal government, including the General Services Administration.

A letter sent by sponsors to congressmen Christopher Murphy and John Larson to members of Congress on Dec. 13 can be accessed on the Facebook page of the Citizens Coalition for Equal Access, a group of Connecticut residents that was created to urge the U.S. Postal Service to increase its accessibility to people with disabilities.