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2017 Fair Housing, ADA, ABA, and 504 Access to Housing and Dorms - Harvard GSD

9:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT, August 02, 2017   |   Organized by: Harvard Graduate School of Design


Date:    Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 9:00am to 5:00pm
Location:    Wasserstein Hall, Harvard Law School campus
CEUs:    7 AIA/CES (HSW) | 7 AICP/CM
Tuition:    $850.00

Program Description

Join a team of experienced accessibility specialists for a one-day intermediate-to-advanced workshop focused on federal accessibility laws related to residential design and construction, including the Fair Housing Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Architectural Barriers Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. With many recent lawsuits filed alleging the failure to comply with the architectural provisions of the Fair Housing Amendments Act, this more interactive session will allow participants to explore common FHA violations and discuss the often obscure provisions of the HUD “safe harbor” documents.

This session complements the two-day ADA session on Wednesday and Thursday. A 10% discount off tuition is available when you register for both sessions.

Recognizing that the new ADA residential design provisions became effective relatively recently, this session will also cover the key residential design issues and potential accessibility pitfalls associated with the 2010 ADA Standards and the similar Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) provisions. Familiarity with these ADA Standards will be beneficial to those who design housing for entities receiving federal financial assistance because HUD has published a “deeming notice” allowing, with a few exceptions, the residential provisions of the 2010 ADA Standards to be “deemed” an acceptable design Standard for compliance Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. For state and local governmental agencies offering or managing residential programs, this session will include interactive discussions on the ADA “supplemental requirements” associated with residential dwelling units, ADA/504 program accessibility requirements for housing, “safe harbor” provisions, and the appropriate use of the older Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards.

Additional Information

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.

Who Should Attend

  • Architects

  • Interior designers

  • Engineers

  • Landscape architects

  • Facility managers

Bill Hecker, AIA

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

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.

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

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.

John Wodatch, J.D.

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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