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2017 ADA and Access to Public and Private Non-Residential Facilities and Programs - Harvard GSD

Jul 31 - Aug 01, 2017   |   Organized by: Harvard Graduate School of Design


Date:    Monday, July 31, 2017, 9:00am - Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 5:00pm
Location:    Wasserstein Hall, Harvard Law School campus
CEUs:    14 AIA/CES (HSW) | 14 AICP/CM
Tuition:    $1,250.00

Program Description

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.

The one-day intermediate-to-advanced workshop, 'Fair Housing', is a complement to this session. A 10% discount off tuition is available when you register for both sessions.

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.

Additional Information

Upon registering for the course, each participant will receive access to an indexed, hyperlinked digital library including over 1,000 access-related documents, a complimentary subscription to Corada.com and a choice of electronic Pocket Guides to the standards.

A 10% discount off tuition is available when you register for both 'ADA, ABA, & 504 Access' and 'Fair Housing' programs. Upon registration to the first program, a promo code will be emailed to you for use on the second program.

Participants will have an option to attend dinner with the Instructors at the historic Harvard Faculty Club after the class ends on Tuesday Night.

Who Should Attend

  • Architects

  • Interior designers

  • Engineers

  • Landscape architects

  • Facility managers

  • Access specialists

  • ADA coordinators

  • Civil rights attorneys

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • 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, AIA

Hecker Design, LLC

Bill Hecker, AIA, is an architect and accessibility consultant at Hecker Design, LLC, Birmingham, AL. He has been involved in numerous landmark lawsuits related to the Fair Housing Act, ADA hotel requirements, movie theaters, and curb ramp transition plans. Since 1994 he has been an expert witness for the Department of Justice (DOJ) on the ADA and for nearly a decade as an FHA expert witness for the DOJ's Housing & Civil Enforcement Section.

James L.E. Terry, AIA, CASp

CEO Evan Terry Associates, LLC

James L. E. Terry, AIA, CASp, is an architect licensed in eight states with extensive access training and consulting experience in corporate, municipal, healthcare, schools, universities, libraries, retail, airports, large assembly, and recreational facilities. Under his leadership, ETA assists organizations in understanding their access requirements, cataloging barriers, and managing the implementation of their ADA compliance programs. Some of his current clients include the Architect of the US Capitol, CVS Health, The New York City Board of Elections and the Office of Emergency Management, and Sutter Health. Also, under Mr. Terry’s direction, ETA has developed the comprehensive online resource for the ADA at www.corada.com, to provide one location where ADA specialists and others can go to quickly find answers to accessibility questions.

L. Irene Bowen, J.D.

President ADA One, LLC

Irene Bowen, J.D., is President of ADA One, LLC, and a nationally recognized ADA consultant, trainer, and speaker. Before starting her firm in 2009, she was Deputy Chief of the Disability Rights Section at DOJ, where she oversaw enforcement of the ADA and was actively involved in the development of the ADA accessibility guidelines as well as DOJ’s Title II and Title III regulations. Irene’s clients include state and local governments, colleges and universities, health care providers, other public accommodations, and a Federal agency. She teams with architectural firms and others in assisting entities with self-evaluations and transition plans, and development of cost-effective approaches to compliance. Since 2011, Ms. Bowen has authored or coauthored five ADA guides, presented internationally, and assisted in self-evaluations of Fulton County, Georgia; the City of Chicago; the City of Seattle; and several universities and health care providers.

Mark J. Mazz, AIA

Mark has specialized in designing and consulting for persons with disabilities for more than 30 years. In his eight years with the Federal Government, Mark was an architect in DOJ’s Housing and Civil Enforcement and Disability Rights Sections and the senior advisor on accessibility issues in HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. He has practiced in his firms, currently Mark J. Mazz, AIA, LLC, for 18 years. Currently, Mark focuses exclusively on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Housing Act (FHA), local accessibility codes, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA). Clients include state and local governments, universities, major retailers, multifamily developers, contractors, cultural institutions, architects, engineers, restaurants, and the federal government.

Marsha K. Mazz

Director, Office of Technical and Information Services, U.S. Access Board

Marsha Mazz joined the staff of the U.S. Access Board in 1989 and serves as the Director of the Office of Technical and Information Services which is responsible for the development and maintenance of the Boards accessibility guidelines and standards as well as its training and technical assistance programs. Ms. Mazz is the Access Board’s representative to the model building code organizations and is a member of the ICC/ANSI A117 Committee. She also serves on the National Fire Protection Association’s Disability Access Review Advisory Committee. Ms. Mazz is the recipient of the prestigious Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership Award presented at the 2010 U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day.

Kaylan Dunlap, LPTA, CASp

Healthcare Access Specialist, Evan Terry Associates, LLC Senior Technical Director, Corada, LLC

Ms. Dunlap has served as ETA’s primary Healthcare Accessibility Specialist for fourteen years. Some of her clients have included Sutter Health, Kaiser Permanente, Boston Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, The Congressional Office of Compliance, The Architect of the US Capitol, the California Department of State Architect, National Vision (America’s Best), CVS, Sears/Kmart, Pacific Gas & Electric, and the J. Paul Getty Museums. Kaylan served on the U.S. Access Board’s Advisory Committee on Standards for Medical Diagnostic Equipment. She is a Special Programs Chair and member of the Board of Directors of the Certified Access Specialist Institute.

John Wodatch, J.D.

Disability Rights Attorney

Mr. Wodatch is one of the nation’s foremost civil rights attorneys with more than 40 years’ experience with the Federal Government, specializing in the rights of persons with disabilities. Recently, John worked with the U.S. Department of State representing the United States throughout the world to help other nations develop their versions of the ADA. He works with the United Nations on disabilities issues. John played a key role in developing every U.S. disability policy and regulation since 1977 and was responsible for many of the development aspects of the ADA. He was responsible for the enforcement of Title I, II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. As such, he was the chief author of the Department of Justice’s ADA regulations. In 1977, he wrote and developed the Federal regulations implementing Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.


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