Welcome to the California Commission on Disability Access (CCDA) Web Site!

CCDA Mission Statement

The mission of the California Commission on Disability Access (CCDA) is to promote disability access in California through dialogue and collaboration with stakeholders including, but not limited to, the disability and business communities as well as all levels of government.

In order to achieve this mission the CCDA is authorized by California Government Code Sections 14985-14985.11 to act as an information resource; to research and prepare advisory reports of findings to the Legislature on issues related to disability access, compliance inspections and continuing education; to increase coordination between stakeholders; to make recommendations to promote compliance with federal, and state laws and regulations; and to provide uniform information about programmatic and architectural disability access requirements to the stakeholders.

The 2017 Annual Report to the California State Legislature is now available on our reports page.


What’s New

  • On March 13, 2018 CCDA will be holding a Listening Forum – California Disabled Parking Programs: Part 2. A flyer with more information can be found on the Listening Forum Page.
  • Listen to an informative conversation with Executive Director Angela Jemmott about some of CCDA’s achievements and challenges on the ADA Shop Talk podcast.
  • Attention survivors of the December wildfires, flooding and mudflows in Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties: The State of California and FEMA are committed to helping survivors with disabilities or access and functional needs who may need additional assistance during the recovery process. For help completing an application, ASL interpretation, language translation, materials in large print or braille or hearing assistance please call (916) 361-0380 (TTY call 711) or visit California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services’ Wildfire Recovery Website.

CCDA ADA Myths and Misconceptions

The “Myths and Misconceptions” information compiled by the California Commission on Disability Access (CCDA) for businesses and building access requirements is part of a developing resource guide. It is the hope of our commission that over time this information will help to better inform the community about areas where  disability access is lacking so that it can be addressed through the collaborative efforts of the government and business and disability communities to reduce such barriers in California.

CCDA is in the beginning stages of developing Consumer Access Tool Kits. We envision unique industry focused tool kits will be developed to cover all industries standards. CCDA has gathered access professionals and representatives from various organizations to ensure the highest quality of expertise to meet this charge.

2017 Top Ten Construction-Related Violations 

CCDA has tabulated monthly alleged violation types, locations types, and State/Federal case filings and/or demand letters.  CCDA has collected 4307 alleged ADA accessibility violations from 1268 cases and/or demand letters.

CCDA Accessibility Construction Inspection Checklist

The California Commission on Disability Access is pleased to provide this Accessibility Construction Inspection Checklist (Accessibility Checklist) for use by trained building code officials/building inspectors as a reference guide to assist with on-site inspection of accessibility features and construction elements affecting accessibility compliance. The purpose of this Accessibility Checklist is to provide trained building code officials/building inspectors with a reference list of the most common accessibility features to be inspected and/or verified during the construction phases of commercial projects. This Accessibility Checklist is based on the 2013 California Building Code (CBC), Part 2. title 24. California Code of Regulations and should be used in conjunction with the regulations found in Chapter 11B of the CBC.

Disability Etiquette

The National Organization on Disability reports that 54 million Americans have a disability. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that nearly six million people in California have a disability. This resource is for everyone-with or without a disability-who wants to interact more effectively with people with disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 was conceived with the goal of integrating people with disabilities into all aspects of life, particularly the workplace and the marketplace. Sensitivity toward people with disabilities is not only in the spirit of the ADA, it makes good business sense. It can help you expand your business, better serve your customers or develop your audience. Practicing disability etiquette is an easy way to make people with disabilities feel welcome. You do not have to feel awkward when interacting with a person who has a disability. The linked resource in the header provides some basic tips for you to follow.

CCDA Partners

With the passing of SB1186, a partnership was formed between Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), the Division of the State Architect (DSA), and with the California Commission on Disability Access (CCDA). Please review the outstanding ADA services offered by our State Government Partners.


     California Building Standards Commission


Disability Access Tips” (with audio description)

Disability Access Tips (with audio description)


Upcoming Events

Education & Outreach Committee Meeting

April 25, 2018 – 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

721 Capitol Mall, Room 244

Sacramento, CA 95814


Research Committee Meeting

May 9, 2018 – 1:30 p.m to 3:00 p.m.

Location To Be Determined



Abilities Expo is hosting their Bay Area Expo on October 26-28, 2018 at the San Mateo County Event Center. Workshops, activities, a job fair, and an assistive technology showcase are just some of the various events offered.  More information, as well as registration for this free exposition, can be found on their website.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles has created a public service announcement video regarding fraudulent use of disabled parking placards. It is available to watch on their YouTube page.