2016 and 2017 have been very active years for the adoption of new accessibility standards, guidelines, and requirements under the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, model standards, and various state laws. This interactive workshop will focus on the significant changes and how they apply to various project types. It will also include sessions on medical equipment, healthcare, retail, governmental facilities, ADA programs planning, and significant changes in the A117.1 Standard, along with the research behind them.
Participants will discuss with the instructors how to apply these new 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. The courts are helping to define how to apply each of the laws as well. Instructors will discuss how these cases are progressing and what can be learned from some of the most prominent ones. Participants will hone their skills at interpreting and applying both the old and the new requirements so that they can respond appropriately to users, clients, plaintiffs’ attorneys, and the courts as needed.
With the ADA obligations and interpretations as the structural framework for the class, requirements of other standards will be introduced, compared, and explained. This highly interactive workshop with seven top instructors will look in detail at trending issues and explore best practices and universal design concepts that improve usability for everyone. This dynamic approach will mix presentations with small group breakout sessions and exercises to analyze and discuss how to apply some of the new requirements. This two-day session is complemented by the one-day Fair Housing session.
Who Should Attend:
-Civil rights attorneys
Accessibility / ADA
Campus Planning & Design
Healthcare & Therapeutic Design
Housing & Community Design
Health, Safety and Welfare
-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, plaintiffs’ attorneys, and the courts
Bill Hecker, Terry Evens
Harvard University Graduate School of Design