Let’s meet up!

I’ll be speaking in various locations across the country in the next few months.  Let me know if you want to connect for a cup of coffee/tea if I’m in your neighborhood.

Karen will be presenting at the following conferences:

Dwell on Design 2014, Los Angelos, CA – June 21, 2014

AIA National Convention 2014, Chicago, IL – June 27, 2014 – FR 304 “Why Are ADA Compliant Toilet, Bathing, Dressing and Locker Rooms So Tricky?”

ABX 2014, Boston, MA – October 28, 2014

Online Guide to ADA & ABA Standards published by US Access Board

This is such great news for Architects and designers that I just had to share the announcement as written by USAB.online-guides

The U.S. Access Board has launched new online guides on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Standards and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Standards. This web-based material features illustrated technical guides that explain and clarify requirements of the ADA and ABA standards, answer common questions, and offer best practice recommendations. It also includes a series of animations on various subjects covered by the standards.

“The Board is very excited to offer this series of technical guides and animations to help users understand the requirements of the ADA and ABA Standards and how they can be met,” states Access Board Member Michael Graves, FAIA. “As a practicing architect, I know from experience how valuable this type of guidance is in following the standards and ensuring accessibility.”

The initial installment of the guide covers the first three chapters of the standards, including application and use of the standards (Chapter 1), scoping in new construction, alterations, and additions (Chapter 2), and basic “building block” technical provisions (Chapter 3). Guides covering other sections of the standards will be released at a later date. The supplementary animations, which range in length from 6 to 10 minutes, address wheelchair maneuvering, doors and entrances, and accessible toilet and bathing facilities.

“These new resources not only explain requirements in the standards but also demonstrate their rationale,” notes Graves. “Knowing the ‘whys’ behind various provisions is key to understanding what accessibility means and how best to achieve it.”

The Guide to the ADA Standards covers design requirements that apply to places of public accommodation, commercial facilities, and state and local government facilities subject to the ADA in new construction, alterations, and additions. The Guide to the ABA Standards addresses similar standards that apply under the ABA to facilities that are designed, constructed, altered, or leased with federal funds.

Future installments to the guides will be published as they become available. Users can sign-up to receive email updates on the release of new technical guides in the series.

 

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Electric eye operator for power door

Electric eye operator for power door

On a recent visit to the Oregon State University campus, I was quite taken with these electric eye operators for powered doors.  I noted them first at toilet room doors (how sanitary – no touching!) but soon realized they were the campus standard.  Great idea!

Touch-less switches like this can be found by these and other companies:

http://www.camdencontrols.com/products/CM_324

http://www.larco.com/uwav.aspx

http://www.mssedco.com/216_series_switches.htm

To the left of the toilet room door is the silver plate that reacts to motion close to it.

To the left of the toilet room door is the silver plate that reacts to motion close to it.

Upcoming presentations and trainings, Spring 2013

I cordially invite you to join me at some great conferences coming in the next few months…. I will be presenting on the following days and topics.

UD Summit #5, St. Louis, MO

May 7, 2013

More Than Accessible: A Case Study with Resources & Ideas.

ACHUO-I 2013 Annual Conference and Exposition, Minneapolis, MN

June 16, 2013

Housing for Everyone: Promoting Universal Design in Residential Environments

AIA National Conference, Denver, CO?

June 19, 2013

Half-Day Preconvention Workshop: Prevent the Most Common Accessibility Errors in Multifamily Housing under FHA, ICC, and CBC

June 20, 2013

Compliance Under the 2010 ADA for K-12 Schools and Housing for Places of Education