Monday, May 23, 2016

Write to Access Board: Demand hearing on public building inaccessibility caused by Wi-Fi

Write to Access Board: Demand hearing on public building inaccessibility caused by Wi-Fi

Please pass this on widely:

The Access Board establishes the best practices for accessibility that are then binding on governmental bodies and potentially the private sector.  (It is not a health agency.)  It is imperative that the Access Board take action to protect the rights of Americans who experience functional impairment upon exposure to wireless technology.  Access to public buildings is supposed to be guaranteed.  WiFi makes buildings inaccessible for many people and should be banned from public buildings and spaces.  Many people are unable to access medical care due to the saturation of hospitals and medical centers with radiation from wireless technology.  Since access to medical care is considered to be a basic human right, this is obviously a violation of the human rights of millions of people who experience functional impairment when exposed to radiation from wireless devices.

The number of people unable to access public spaces due to WiFi and other wireless technology in public buildings has increased as more and more people become overexposed to radiation from wireless technology.  Radiofrequency sickness is an environmentally induced functional impairment.  

Even ICNIRP recognizes the need to protect vulnerable populations by lowering general exposure levels: “Different groups in a population may have differences in their ability to tolerate a particular NIR (non-ionizing radiation) exposure. For example, children, the elderly, and some chronically ill people might have a lower tolerance for one or more forms of NIR exposure than the rest of the population. Under such circumstances, it may be useful or necessary to develop separate guideline levels for different groups within the general population, but it may be more effective to adjust the guidelines for the general population to include such groups. ” from ICNIRP Statement, General Approach to Protection Against Non-ionizing Radiation, (HEALTH PHYSICS 82(4):540‐548; 2002)

The Access Board has acknowledged the problem in the past (see, but has never taken real action because political pressure was applied shortly after this letter was written.  It was also cited as an access barrier in the Access Board supported IEQ report (  It is time that they take action to make public buildings accessible to all again.  The public hearing on WiFi blocking accessibility is a necessary first step.

Please take a moment to contact the Access Board to request that they hold a hearing on WiFi blocking accessibility in public buildings.  A simple email to each contact listed below would be great fine.  Calls followed up by emails would be even better.  Please cc or bcc me ( so that we can keep track of the number of requests made.  You can also enlist the aid of your Congress person.  Congress people are supposed to advocate with federal agencies on behalf of constituents.  Your Congress person can and should contact the Access Board on your behalf requesting a public hearing on WiFi causing public buildings to be inaccessible.

You can find your Congress person here:  

Best, Catherine

Protecting my health and that of others by using a hardwired computer in a low RF environment.  For more information,

Begin forwarded message:

From: Deborah Kopald <>
Date: May 17, 2016 7:41:34 AM CDT
Subject: Write to Access Board to demand meeting on Wi-Fi accessibility
Reply-To: Deborah Kopald <>

Please write to Rose Marie Bunales at

and call her at the below numbers

1331 F Street, NW  |  Suite 1000  |  Washington, DC 20004-1111
Direct:  202.272.0006  |  mobile:  202.841.5445

to ask for a full hearing at the Access Board to discuss lack of building accessibility for those sensitive to Wi-Fi.

Please also cc: David Baquis at 

David Baquis
Accessibility Specialist
U.S. Access Board

This is something that is long overdue and for better or worse, the Access Board has stated that it is a political question as to whose civil rights are violated, so it is necessary to press this point politically and demand a full hearing.

Please pass on to parties who should be interested.

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