ADA: Access to Facilities and Programs

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It has been 30 years since the passage of the ADA; its standards and requirements have been refined by new design standards, Department of Justice regulations, Federal investigations and settlements, and court case decisions. Is your knowledge up to date? Has your access competency advanced? This interactive online program will focus on accessibility standards, guidelines, and requirements under the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, model codes, and various state laws, including what the future of accessibility will look like in a post-COVID world.   

Participants in this program will discuss with the instructors how to apply requirements and guidelines to the tens of millions of buildings, facilities, programs, and services they cover. With an aging population that represents a huge market for accessible facilities and programs, interest in compliance with the ADA and other access standards is continuing to grow throughout the country. Instructors will discuss what they learned from the courts as they define how to apply the guidelines and laws. Participants will discuss how to interpret and apply both the old and new requirements so that they can respond appropriately to users, clients, attorneys, and the courts as needed.

With the ADA obligations and interpretations as the structural framework for the class, requirements and standards are introduced, compared, and explained. This highly interactive program will look in detail at trending issues and explore best practices and universal design concepts that improve usability for everyone. This approach will mix presentations and group exercises to analyze and discuss how to apply some of the new requirements.

  • Explore common and difficult FHA violations.
  • Discuss the provisions of the HUD “safe harbor” documents.
  • Analyze key residential design issues and potential accessibility pitfalls associated with the 2010 ADA Standards and the similar Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) provisions.
  • Discuss 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.

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


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Bill Hecker, AIA

Hecker Design, LLC

Headshot of James Terry

James L.E. Terry, AIA, CASp

CEO, Evan Terry Associates, LLC

Guest Speakers

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Kaylan Dunlap, LPTA, CASp

Healthcare Access Specialist, Evan Terry Associates, LLC; Senior Technical Director, Corada, LLC

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Mark J. Mazz

Mark J. Mazz, AIA, LLC

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Marsha K. Mazz

Director, Accessibility Codes and Standards
Accessibility Services, a program of United Spinal Association

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John Wodatch, J.D.

Disability Rights Attorney

I want you to know that yours is the only class where I got more than I paid for, far more. Your team gave so much insight and professional guidance that I was open-mouthed at the performance. The takeaway files alone are well worth the price of admission.

Fair Housing: Federal Accessibility