An increasingly large percentage of the population qualifies as having one or more disabilities. Many everyday features of our built environments are access barriers for people with certain disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has dramatically improved access since its effective date in 1992, especially in new buildings. California had access construction standards even before the enactment of the ADA. The combination of the ADA and pre-existing California access has resulted in a unique statutory framework that has resulted in an explosion of lawsuits. These lawsuits often target older buildings which were built before the code section forming the basis of the lawsuit. Kim Blackseth, California’s foremost expert on disabled access construction standards, explains how and when a Certified Access Specialist (CASp) can help. (forward by W. Adams)Continue Reading Do you need a CASp in California?
The Campanile at the University of California, Berkeley, will be turning 100 years old next year -for those that do not already know. To celebrate this special centennial occasion the school is planning several events around summertime culminating in the 2015 Homecoming celebration (LaDawn Duvall, Campus Executive Director of Visitor and Parent Services). Continue Reading Happy Birthday, Campanile!!
Starting on March 22nd of this year, Government Center on “the T,” as the subway is known by the locals in Boston, will be closed for renovation. Continue Reading Government Center’s closure (Boston)
These sidewalks are a public health danger, an interruption of social justice and an eyesore.Continue Reading These Sidewalks Are Not Made for Walkin’
A new revision to the ADA became law recently. The new ABA-ADA guidelines and related regulations became effective July 26, 2011.