ADA Course Bundle
Get an in-depth overview of the accessibility requirements for new and existing buildings and learn how to avoid common compliance issues.
Identify the applicable accessibility codes and standards that apply to buildings and sites.
Describe the means and methods of determining what barriers you may face in an existing building or site—and the action plans needed to rectify them.
Gain a holistic approach to minimizing risk and maximizing compliance with ADA standards.
Identify specific architectural features, both interior and exterior, that represent logical targets for creating optimum access based on user needs and technical and financial feasibility.
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Designing for Accessibility & Beauty
Accessibility, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, often appears to be an unsightly afterthought to fulfill the letter of the law. However, when access is intentionally built in the plans, the design can be functional, accessible, and beautiful! Through this presentation, attendees will learn how the principles of accessible design can be attractive and at the same time beneficial in all design contexts. Creating beautiful design that everyone can enjoy changes lives, as it opens vast opportunities that were once closed to many.
Course expires 06/05/2026
Why is Accessibility So Hard?
Accessible design is inherently challenging because it’s not a "settled science." Standards are constantly evolving—sometimes even in conflict with one another. This course will cut through the confusion.
Our discussion/exploration will:
- Review compliance missteps and achievements in real-world scenarios
- Identify phases of the design process where various concerns are best addressed
- Help you create a clear plan for accessibility success
- Address questions, comments, and concerns from members like you
Hear from accessibility experts and learn from the experiences of your peers in this clarifying course.
Course expires on 4/19/2026.
Applying the ADA on Existing and Altered Buildings
Accessibility is fundamental in today's architecture practice. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies not only to new construction, but also when remodeling existing facilities—and the guidelines and exceptions can be confusing.
In this case-study course, we'll present real-life examples of applying the ADA during renovations. Topics to be covered include:
- The challenges of knowing how and when to apply the ADA to ensure accessibility compliance
- The difference between an alteration and an alteration of an area containing a primary function
- What happens if an existing building is not being altered, and what exceptions apply when an alteration occurs
Course expires 1/6/2025
Removing Barriers Successfully to Provide Access to All
When you have numerous deficiencies in an existing building, where do you begin? Removing barriers for renovation and alteration projects is easier when you have excellent options and strategies for doing so. This course provides the guidance you need to understand the complexity around barrier removal and provide solutions for removal, and answers to common questions, such as "Is there such a thing as being grandfathered?" and "Why is the plan's examiner asking us to confirm that 20% of the construction cost is for resolving barrier-removal matters?"
Applying accessibility regulations to existing buildings is complex. It's critical you understand these regulations and how they may apply to your current and future projects. Examples covered include parking, exterior accessible routes, interior accessible routes, common restrooms, amenity and common spaces, and employee common areas. By equipping yourself with a plan for tackling barriers to renovation, you'll help ensure your firm avoids costly redesigns—and headaches.
Course expires 10/31/2024
ADA Tolerances and Acceptable Measurements
This course will cover the specific wording of ADA Standards Section 104.1.1 on tolerances and similar language in selected other accessibility standards and explain how they should be interpreted. It will cover what types of conditions are subject to the tolerances language and which ones are not. The panelists will discuss how they measure field conditions affecting accessibility and ADA compliance, how those measurements are critical in understanding and applying the tolerances language, and what types of field conditions affect the determination of whether a measurement is within the tolerances. This session provides architects with peer feedback on a critical but highly esoteric topic.
Course expires 1/6/2025