US Access Board Animations


Have you checked out the animations on the US Access Board website?  These are excellent visual tools to explain the ADA Standards!

Wheelchair Maneuvering – Captioned

Maneuvering at Doors – Captioned

Accessible Toilet Rooms – Captioned

Accessible Bathing Facilities – Captioned

Protruding Objects – Captioned

Parking and Passenger Loading Zones – Captioned

Signs – Captioned


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

Mentoring: are you doing it?



I throughly enjoy sharing my passion about architecture and accessible design with young people. It gives me the opportunity to spread the word about something I believe in – and it is a great way to give back. I most enjoy working with teens – as they try to determine what their interests are and future might hold. I was recently interviewed by a young friend as she explores Modern Architecture and the development of her own “Accessible and Green Home of the Future”. Such fun!

Best Practices: Review products in detail

Toilet Room lavs

Toilet Room lavs

There is no testing or certification process for whether a product or fixture meets the accessibility code/standard requirements – and in most cases, a fixture, like a lav or sink, is only accessible if mounted at a correct height, with correct clearances, etc. Unfortunately, sometimes products are incorrectly labeled.

Always review the exact dimensions of any product specified and compare to the specific installation situation. Worse case scenario: same product installed over and over in high-rise toilet rooms or multi-family dwelling units could be non-compliant. Acck!