Fair Housing: Federal Accessibility Requirements for Multi-Family Housing

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  • Federal Accessibility in Housing Design & Construction

    June 24, 2020
    Harvard University Campus

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Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Location: Wasserstein Hall, Harvard Law School campus
Tuition: $950

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Program Description

Join a team of nationally recognized accessibility specialists for a one-day intermediate-to-advanced workshop focused on federal accessibility laws related to residential design and construction.  This course will include review and discussion on the Fair Housing Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Architectural Barriers Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. With many recent lawsuits filed alleging the failure to comply with the architectural provisions of the Fair Housing Amendments Act, this more interactive session will allow participants to explore common FHA violations and discuss the often obscure provisions of the HUD “safe harbor” documents.  There will be a focus applicable requirements using various case studies.

This program complements the two-day ADA program earlier the same week. Enjoy a 10% discount off tuition when you register for both.

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Recognizing that the new ADA residential design provisions became effective relatively recently, this session will also cover the key residential design issues and potential accessibility pitfalls associated with the 2010 ADA Standards and the similar Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) provisions. Familiarity with these ADA Standards will be beneficial to those who design housing for entities receiving federal financial assistance because HUD has published a “deeming notice” allowing, with a few exceptions, the residential provisions of the 2010 ADA Standards to be “deemed” an acceptable design Standard for compliance Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. For state and local governmental agencies offering or managing residential programs, this session will include interactive discussions on the ADA “supplemental requirements” associated with residential dwelling units, ADA/504 program accessibility requirements for housing, “safe harbor” provisions, and the appropriate use of the older Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards.

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Who Should Attend

Architects, Interior Designers, Engineers, Landscape Architects, Facility Managers, Access Specialists, ADA Coordinators, Civil Rights Attorneys

Course - Learning Objectives - ADA and Access to Public and Private Non-Residential Facilities and Programs

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize recent additions and changes to accessibility standards, guidelines, and requirements.
  • Articulate why changes have been made in the various requirements and the benefits they will provide for people with disabilities, facility owners, and managers.
  • Apply new requirements to solve real-world problem scenarios.
  • Learn how to research, analyze, and formulate solid interpretations of access questions to respond to users, clients, attorneys, and the courts.

Course - Instructor - Marsha Mazz

Director, Accessibility Codes and Standards
Accessibility Services, a program of United Spinal Association
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Federal Accessibility in Housing Design & Construction
Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Location: Wasserstein Hall, Harvard Law School campus
Tuition: $950