The U.S. Access Board announced in July, 2004, the release of new design guidelines that cover access for people with disabilities under the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. The guidelines update access requirements for a wide range of facilities in the public and private sectors covered by the law.

Additionally, New York City now enforces the accessibility requirements found in the International Building Code, as referenced in the 2008 City of New York Building Code. Are you familiar with the changes to accessibility requirements in the new code? If not, Accessibility Services can help.

United Spinal Association is a registered provider of continuing education for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the International Codes Council (ICC). Our staff of Accessibility Specialists is available to come to your place of business and provide an accessibility training program tailor-made to suit your needs. Whether your design focus is commercial or residential, we can produce a program that addresses your accessibility concerns-that also fits into your busy schedule-as we come to you.

Attendees will gain an understanding of which accessibility requirements are most restrictive and which represent a safe harbor. In addition, we can provide attendees with an overview of the revised ADA/ABA Accessibility Guidelines and its harmonization with model codes as they relate to accessibility requirements. Specifically, our courses focus on: problem application areas in commercial facilities (accessible routes, toilet facilities, options for vertical access, ramps, etc…), accessibility requirements in existing facilities, types of dwelling units in residential occupancies (Accessible, Type A, Type B dwelling units) and life safety issues.

We have consulted on projects as varied as the New Yankee Stadium, Citi Field, Renovations at Lincoln Center, and numerous residential developments. Some of our qualifications include: certified in code enforcement and as Accessibility Specialists/Plans Examiners by ICC; members of the ANSI A117.1 accredited standards committee that develops the barrier-free design requirements referenced by the International Building Code (IBC); members of Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) federal advisory committee that worked to ensure a degree of harmonization between the revised ADA/ABA Accessibility Guidelines and ICC ANSI A117.1 that the IBC references.

The cost for hosting our program is based on an hourly rate of instruction of $150.00 per hour + travel costs to/from your firm for the instructor. Programs can range in length from 2-6 hours, depending on your needs. All attendees will receive AIA continuing education units that are applicable towards health, safety and welfare (HSW) requirements.

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