The following article begins by reviewing when play areas are required to comply with the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design and then discusses the scoping and technical requirements for play areas found in the 2010 ADA Standards. Read more
Lately, we have received numerous questions about maintenance of accessible features under three conditions ordinary use of a space, during a renovation project, and if the 2010 ADA Accessibility Standards (2010 Standards) allows for a reduction in the number of accessible elements. The Americans with Disabilities Act Title III regulations provide for the following – Read more
As an accessibility consultant, I interact on a daily basis with a multitude of associates responsible for the built environment. These design professionals include developers, architects, engineers, contractors, code officials, and facility managers. The topics we address cover a broad range of disability issues related to architecture and urban planning around disability codes and laws. However, in my consulting efforts a common fundamental assumption exists among design professionals. Designers forget that individuals with disabilities are not strictly limited to people using wheelchairs. This fundamental assumption, while supported by the International Symbol of Accessibility (depicting a person in a wheelchair, See Figure 1), hinders accessibility compliance and creates an environment that lacks inclusiveness for all. This leads me to believe the International Symbol of Accessibility misrepresents the disabled population. Read more
Submit your difficult accessibility questions to be included in our webinar this September – “Accessibility Update: Difficult 2010 ADA Standards Technical Requirements”
This September (date TBD), The Northeast ADA Center is teaming up with United Spinal Association’s Accessibility Services program to host a free Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) training webinar on the “trickier” 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design technical requirements. As both United Spinal Association and the Northeast ADA Center provide technical assistance to the public on these technical requirements, we are providing a webinar devoted exclusively to addressing your burning ADA accessibility questions. To make sure we address your questions in the webinar, please email your questions to jperry@accessibility–services.com by August 16, 2013. In the subject line, please indicate “webinar question”. Read more
With more and more jurisdictions adopting the 2009 edition of the ICC ANSI A117.1 standard, we thought we would take a moment to point out some of the major differences between the 2003 edition of ICC ANSI A117.1 and the 2009 edition. As you probably know, many jurisdictions nationwide reference ANSI A117.1 for technical requirements related to accessibility features that are scoped in the applicable building code. Most (but not all) jurisdictions that reference ANSI A117.1 also scope accessibility requirements in the International Building Code. If your jurisdiction is enforcing the 2009 edition of A117.1 – there are some differences that you should be aware of and if your jurisdiction will be adopting the 2009 edition in the future, this article should serve to help prepare you for some of these forthcoming changes. Read more
Lately, we have received numerous questions concerning the applicability of Section 504 for alterations of existing housing developments.
The first step in applying section 504 is to look at the funding involved in the project. Read more