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Accessibility: A Photographic Look at Recurrent Non-Complying Elements

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Do these oversights result from a lack of awareness, incomplete drawings and specifications, or sloppy construction? Or has the topic become so complex planners can't synthesize relevant information? 
This presentation will look at items of non-compliance most frequently found in construction. You'll review photos of existing installations; join a discussion of what went wrong, was missing, or was misunderstood; and gain essential insights into the access issues to watch for and preemptively address in future projects.

Course expires 6/11/2025

Learning Objectives


Engage in a robust conversation and review of example problems to better recognize typical non-complying items before they projects are built.


Increase your understanding of issues that must be addressed early for effective, compliant access.


Identify those elements needing more attention during design and construction for compliant installation.


Appreciate the steps necessary for successful access-implementation across projects, and learn how to incorporate pertinent information into construction documents and specifications.

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Janis Kent, FAIA, CASp, Principal of Stepping Thru Accessibility, is the Founding President of the Certified Access Specialist Institute (CASI), serving all who are involved with access in the built environment, whether in private practice or the public sector. She has made presentations on Accessibility at numerous venues from Dwell On Design in Los Angeles, to Design DC in Washington, to the National AIA Conventions in Chicago and New Orleans. Her most recent book is the Second Edition of Stepping Through Accessible Details. Richard Halloran, Secretary of the San Francisco Access Appeals Commission, described the book as “The most comprehensive and thorough compilation of accessibility information I have encountered.” Ms. Kent is designated a Subject Matter Expert (SME) by the California Division of the State Architect, a Certified Access Specialist, and she serves on the committee to develop the California state CASp exams. She conducts seminars for the Nevada State Board of Architecture, Interior Design, and Residential Design and has presented to business associations including AIA Chapters, Chambers of Commerce, US Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), Manufactured Housing Educational Trust (MHET), California Public Parking Association (CPPA), and the Los Angeles County Office of Education. Ms. Kent is a licensed California Architect, and has been involved in the world of Accessibility since the mid-1980’s. In addition to managing a wide range of architectural projects, she has surveyed numerous facilities for accessibility compliance and provided quality control for facilities throughout the country.