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Bulletin Board, Blackboard, and Dry-Erase/White Board Purchase, and Installation Guidelines

This protocol addresses the needs of all users to access standard bulletin boards, blackboards, and white/dry-erase boards. Currently, ADA has guidelines for signage, but does not include bulletin board, blackboard, or white board guidelines. ADA requires that signs be hung at 60” to the mid-height of the sign (ADA, 2002). Although this is useful for signs, 60” places small boards too high for the reach of many users.

R2D2 Center at UW-Milwaukee

Accessible Bulletin Boards  (PDF File) (ACCESS-ed)

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Posted by: AmaraTang on Tue Nov 24, 2020 at 1:20 p.m.

I found this tip sheet helpful for guiding purchase and installation of boards, especially for determining how to hang them. However, I wonder if more information could be added considering the environment surrounding the board (i.e. optimizing view of the board and the path to it).

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Posted by: nsfetter on Tue Nov 29, 2022 at 5:40 p.m.

I found this tip sheet to be helpful in guiding the purchase and design of a bulletin board, blackboard, and Dry-Erase/ White board. I think the purchasing guide was clear and gave an ideal dimension size to purchase. The installation guide was also helpful with using both word and pictures to determine best installation.

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Posted by: AlecGazdik on Tue Apr 18, 2023 at 5:18 p.m.

Not only were the purchasing guidelines insightful, the installation guidelines were as well. The importance of these tools in a classroom are important and they should be able to be utilized by everyone. The visuals were very helpful as well.

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It took me several years of struggling with the heavy door to my building, sometimes having to wait until a person stronger came along, to realize that the door was an accessibility problem, not only for me, but for others as well. And I did not notice, until one of my students pointed it out, that the lack of signs that could be read from a distance at my university forced people with mobility impairments to expend a lot of energy unnecessarily, searching for rooms and offices. Although I have encountered this difficulty myself on days when walking was exhausting to me, I interpreted it, automatically, as a problem arising from my illness (as I did with the door), rather than as a problem arising from the built environment having been created for too narrow a range of people and situations.

Susan Wendell, author of
The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability