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What To Do if an Accessibility Complaint is Filed

Learn the best defense against physical accessibility complaints and three simple action steps to follow if one is filed. This discussion focuses on privately-owned businesses that provide goods and services to the public. Some examples include a hotel, restaurant, retail store, bank, museum, hospital, theater, convention center, or stadium. Title III of the Americans with …

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Role of an Independent Licensed Architect (ILA)

An Independent Licensed Architect (ILA) verifies specific ADA compliance terms of legal settlement agreements or court-enforced consent decrees. ADA legal enforcement The Department of Justice enforces the Americans with Disabilities Act. The DOJ reaches agreements with public and private entities regarding equal access to their facilities and programs by persons with disabilities. Entities also may …

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ANSI A117.1 Standards – 2017 Update

Updates to the ANSI A117.1 Standards further establish technical criteria for accessible and usable buildings for people with disabilities.  While the 2018 International Building Code did not adopt the ANSI A117.1 Standards -2017 update, some building codes have incorporated the revised Standard. By coordinating standards developed by government and other entities, ANSI provides guidelines that …

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Accessible Multifamily Housing Makes Good $ense

Complying with Fair Housing Act accessibility regulations is good for business in the multifamily housing industry. People with disabilities are the only minority that can be discriminated against solely by the design of the built environment. Design requirements of the Fair Housing Amendments Act are intended to remedy this inequity. Today 61 million adult Americans …

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Hotel ADA Compliance: Guest Room Dispersion

The ADA Standards for Accessible Design impacts guest room dispersion in the hotel industry. Dispersion Requirements The ADA requires that hotels provide guests with disabilities a range of equivalent guest room options provided to other guests. Accessible rooms need to be dispersed among various room classes (economy, standard, deluxe, a concierge level, etc) and types (number …

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Universal Design, Defined

“Universal design seeks to encourage attractive, marketable products that are more usable by everyone. It is design for the built environment and consumer products for a very broad definition of use.” – Ron Mace, FAIA (1941-1998), creator of the term ‘universal design’ and Founder of Center for Universal Design Universal design, also known as inclusive …

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Hotel ADA Compliance: Interiors and Public Spaces

When hotels renovate room interiors and public spaces, understanding the application of Americans with Disabilities Act Standards can help avoid the cost and inconvenience of complaints or remediation work.   What the ADA says about alterations Existing facilities permitted before March 15, 2012 are generally regulated by the 1991 ADA accessibility standards. Standards were updated in 2010 …

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