Latest news and updates from the US Access Board, DSA TLRD and others.
Access Currents – News from the U.S. Access Board – September/ October 2016
- Access Board Approves Rules on ICT Refresh and Medical Diagnostic Equipment
- The Next Access Board Meeting will be Held November 9
- Upcoming Board Webinars
- National Council on Disability Issues Report on Technology
- NIST Completes Study on Evacuation Needs of People with Mobility Impairments
- NIDILRR to Hold Stakeholder Listening Sessions on Long-Range Plan
- DOT Requires Airlines to Report Mishandled Wheelchairs and Scooters
Vacancy on TDLR Architectural Barriers Advisory Committee
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation announces a vacancy on the Architectural Barriers Advisory Committee (Committee) established by Texas Government Code, Chapter 469. The pertinent rules may be found in 16 Texas Administrative Code §68.65. The purpose of the Architectural Barriers Advisory Committee is to advise the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (Commission) in adopting rules relating to the Elimination of Architectural Barriers program. This announcement for a person with a disability.
The Committee is composed of the following nine members appointed by the presiding officer of the Commission, with the Commission’s approval:
(1) building professionals; and
(2) persons with disabilities;
who are familiar with architectural barrier problems and solutions. Persons with disabilities must make up the majority of the committee.
Interested persons should submit an online application.
Applicants can also request an application from the Department by telephone (800) 803-9202 or e-mail email@example.com.
DSA Access Code Development – Stakeholder Forum on Nov. 2 at 1:30 p.m.
Please join us for a public meeting as the Division of the State Architect (DSA) presents initial drafts of proposed code amendments to the accessibility provisions of the California Building Standards codes and solicits public input regarding these items. DSA will present proposed code amendments (originally presented on October 20) for additional comment and feedback from all stakeholders. There are no revisions to the proposals and no additional amendments were added to the proposal package. The agenda and supporting documents for this meeting are available on DSA’s Access 2016 webpage.
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
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.
Accessibility Professionals Association (APA) Annual Conference & Expo – Feb 1-3, 2017 in Round Rock, TX – near Austin More Info Here
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
The Next ADA Symposium is in Chicago, Illinois May 14th thru 17th 2017, Registration will open January 6, 2017
For more Education & Training Opportunities, please check the CORADA Calendar Here
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