How many times has a business owner asked “What do I need to do to be in compliance with the ADA? Most respond with something along the lines of “You must remove barriers to access that are readily achievable to do so”. Then the owner looks at you with that perplexed look on their face and says: “what the heck is that!” Join us for a discussion regarding Readily Achievable Barrier Removal or RABR for short. We will dive into this subject and see if we can take some of the mystery out of this important and often misunderstood concept.
Questions answered this episode:
Mary -Under the 1991 ADAS, what was the required distance or clear floor space for the toilet and the lavatory? Section 4.16.2 Clear Floor Space for water closets refer you to Figure 29. The base figure shows the standard 60″ x 56″ clear floor space but there are also 2 figures that show the lavatory encroaching into the 60″ width. Was the lavatory allowed to encroach into the 60″ toilet clear floor space in 1991 as long as you had the 18″ from the centerline of the toilet to the lavatory edge as shown in the figure? This is important as we are trying to determine if the existing lavatory set at 52″ from the toilet wall meets the safe harbor provisions for our barrier removal plan. Thank you.
Gary – My technical question is in a new apartment complex being built. Obviously, they have to have access to the pool and to the spa but in the wading pool. Do they require access?
Jan – Hello, I would like to get your thoughts on baby changing stations in a single user restroom. Would you think that the BCS, when deployed, should not be allowed to encroach into the 56″x60″ clear space at a WC or the maneuvering space on the pull side of the restroom door? Or would you consider it as a 4″ max. allowed protrusion in the closed position
ADA Product Spotlight of the Week:
Leadership Transition for DSA Access Code and Policy Section
After five years of service at the Division of the State Architect (DSA) and nearly 21 years of state service, Principal Architect Dennis Corelis will retire at the end of this year. I congratulate Dennis on his upcoming retirement and thank him for his many contributions to our organization and the state of California. A few of Dennis’ significant contributions include overseeing the development of accessibility standards for electric vehicle charging stations and destination-oriented elevators, which are the first of such standards worldwide.
In the near term, Dennis transitions his role to Ida Clair, who assumes the role of principal architect in DSA headquarters over the Access Code and Policy Section and fire and life safety.
Ida joined DSA as a senior architect in 2013. In this capacity, she was responsible for technical oversight of the Certified Access Specialist Program and examination development, and worked on regulations, policies, and interpretations for DSA’s Access Code and Policy Section. Ida has 26 years of experience as an architect in private practice, and serves on the board of directors for the American Institute of Architects’ Central Valley chapter. She holds a LEED AP BD+C credential, and has been a certified access specialist since 2009.
Please join me in congratulating Dennis on his upcoming retirement, and in welcoming Ida to her new role as principal architect.
Chester A. Widom, FAIA
CASI Fall 2016 Workshop – CASp Report Writing And Techniques
Get ready for another CASI Workshop. We’ve listened to member feedback and are excited to bring you a seminar on CASp Reports. A variety of local CASI members will host an informative workshop focusing on CASp Reports and CRASCA regulations. A detailed look at report requirements, core components, formatting options, and more will be explored. The workshop will include examples of reports from several CASI members including CalCasp, Evan Terry Associates, and others. More Info
SoCal Fall Workshop in Norwalk, CA
Friday, October 21, 2016
NorCal Fall Workshop in Sacramento, CA
Friday, October 28, 2016
Webinar Fall Workshop (Online)
Friday, October 28, 2016
November 10, 2016, is the deadline for individuals with disabilities who experienced discrimination while they traveled or attempted travel on Greyhound Lines, Inc., to submit claims for compensation from Greyhound. This claims process was established in settlement of a lawsuit that the Department of Justice filed against Greyhound earlier this year. Pursuant to that settlement, Greyhound has hired a Claims Administrator to distribute an uncapped amount of compensation to people who: have a disability; traveled or attempted to travel on Greyhound between February 8, 2013, and February 8, 2016; experienced a disability-related incident during the travel or attempted travel (for example, lack of accessible transportation or transportation-related services, Greyhound’s failure to make disability-related accommodations, etc.); and submit a Claim Form by mail, email, or online to the Claims Administrator by no later than November 10, 2016. Help is available from the Claims Administrator for those who are unable to complete the Claim Form due to a disability. Instructions regarding the claims process are available at the Claims Administrator’s website, www.DOJvGreyhoundSettlement.com (link is external). The Claims Administrator can also be reached by email at GRYsettlement@classactionadmin.com (link sends e-mail), toll-free at 1-844-502-5953 or 1-800-659-2656 (TTY), or by mail at U.S. v. Greyhound Claims Administrator, c/o Class Action Administration LLC, PO Box 6878, Broomfield, CO 80021. For more information or for a copy of the consent decree, please visit our ADA website at www.ada.gov Those interested in finding out more about the ADA may also call the Justice Department’s toll-free ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 or 800-514-0383 (TDD).
The Justice Department filed a proposed consent decree today to resolve allegations that Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by using inaccessible classroom and other technologies. Under the consent decree, which is pending court approval, Miami University will make significant improvements to ensure that technologies across all its campuses are accessible to individuals with disabilities and will pay $25,000 to compensate individuals with disabilities. The agreement also requires reforms to Miami University’s technology procurement practices. These improvements will benefit all current and future Miami University students with disabilities.
As part of the consent decree, Miami University will, among other things:
- ensure that its web content and learning management systems conform with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 AA standards;
- meet with every student who has a disability for which he or she requires assistive technologies or curricular materials in alternate formats, and their instructors, every semester to develop an accessibility plan; and
- procure web technology or software that best meets various accessibility standards.
This session will focus on untangling the web of laws that address access to housing, including the Architectural Barriers Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Presenters will engage in a more “advanced” level discussion of how the design requirements of these laws apply and review requirements in the ADA and ABA Accessibility Guidelines for residential dwelling units. Participants interested in this session are encouraged to review archived sessions on this topic for a review of the basic provisions.
Upcoming APA Trainings! Houston Regional Training- 4 or 8 hr option – 10/21/2016 Houston, TX More Info Here
Accessibility Professionals Association (APA) Annual Conference & Expo – Feb 1-3, 2017 in Round Rock, TX – near Austin More Info Here
When: October 21st, 2016 7:30 AM through 3:30 AM
Location: 2210 San Joaquin Street, Fresno, CA
Cost: $30 Member or Non-member
2 Workshops: All-Day or Half-day
5 Hours CEU: AIA HSW/LU – CASp Renewal – CA. Architectural License Renewal
*Parking Available and close to Downtown Fresno Amtrak Station / No Lunch Provided
Nov. 3, 2016 – San Diego
Nov. 9, 2016 – Palo Alto
If you have any questions or need assistance with DSA registration, please contact Larry Meade at Laurence.Meade@dgs.ca.gov.
2016 CALBO Education Week South is October 24th – 27th 2016 in Ontario, Ca More info Here
2016 CALBO Education Week Orange County is November 7th – 10th 2016 in Anaheim, Ca More info Here
Fall 2016 ADA National Conference October 17-20, 2016
Sheraton Mission Valley San Diego Hotel
1433 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108
Providing current case law, best practices, policy examples, and reasonable answers to trending and complex ADA situations. Current ADA library on USB drive with registration. More Info Here
ADA Coordinator Conference– Plano, Texas October, 18-19, 2016
This 2-day event will be held at the Capital One Regional Campus . The conference will offer a variety of sessions and feature speakers from the U.S.Department of Justice, EEOC, and other nationally recognized ADA experts. Registration is open to the public. In addition, ACTCP members will have an opportunity to obtain both foundation and elective level credits towards their program completion. Seating is very limited. Registration for this event is only $225 through Sep. 26th. Event Info
The 2016 ADA National Association of ADA Coordinators conference is October 17th – 20th 2016 in San Diego, California More info Here
The Next ADA Symposium is in Chicago, Illinois May 14th thru 17th 2017, Registration will open January 6, 2017
For more Education & Training Opportunites, please check the CORADA Calendar Here
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