William (Bill) Botten

Accessibility Consultant


Botten who currently works as an accessibility consultant joined the U.S. Access Board in 2000 and served for 22 years (retired in 2022) in several capacities while on staff including as a senior accessibility specialist, technical assistance coordinator, and the training coordinator. He was part of a team that developed the combined guidelines for the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Architectural Barriers Act and was the lead staff for the development of guidelines and technical assistance materials for the rulemaking on outdoor developed areas. Bill specializes in accessibility issues related to recreation facilities and outdoor developed areas including amusement rides, recreational boating and fishing facilities, pedestrian trails, picnic and camping facilities, sports facilities, golf and miniature golf facilities, swimming pools, and play areas. His training experience includes hundreds of presentations over the last 30 years to local, state, and national audiences on injury prevention, disability awareness, and accessibility issues. Additionally, he has served on several ASTM and RESNA committees for inclusive fitness equipment and play area surfaces. He holds a BSE in Exercise Physiology from the University of Kansas.