Reminder: Update your code books!

Washington State adopted the 2015 edition of the International Building Code (IBC) on July 1, 2016 and the City of Seattle is scheduled to adopt the changes in January 2017. Both will still reference the 2009 edition of the ICC A117.1.

The State of Oregon has determined that the 2015 IBC serves as an effective Statewide Alternate Method to the 2014 Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC). Publication can be found at:

For your convenience, here is a link to the ICC Store where you can order the publications you need:


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New Resources for Planning Accessible Travel

Karen in London, UK

Thanks to websites, apps and twitter, it is easier to find information on accessible travel options. Everyone from nonprofits and public agencies to cities and individuals seems to be setting up websites, developing apps and tweeting about travel. It’s all for good!

A lot of this information is “crowd sourced” meaning that the content comes from people that share their knowledge of specific places. This may raise questions about the reliability of the information, but I believe that people with disabilities are sharing their experiences to help others.

To learn more, read my November 2012 Newsletter on Travel. Following are a few notable websites, apps and twitter feeds: is an online ratings tool that allows users to post and search reviews from a mobility, sight or hearing perspective on the accessibility of buildings and public spaces around the world provides country-by-country information on travel from Australia to Turkey. is edited by Candy Harrington the author of 22 Accessible Road Trips, Barrier Free Travel and 101 Accessible Vacations. is a free app developed by Papa Products LLC, in partnership with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is an app that features popular destinations around the globe by local writer. Comes preloaded with Chicago with additional cities for $2.49.

@AccessAnything Craig Kennedy tweets about adventure travel for people with disabilities.

@WheelchairTrav features tips on accommodations, attractions, activities and transportation.

@TravelinWheels provides in-depth information on accessibility for travelers worldwide.

Oops Files #2: Don’t believe what you read

Just about a year ago, I did a post that urged readers to do their own review of manufacturer’s claims of ADA compliance. Recently, I stumbled on a few humorous oops’ by manufacturers that I thought I’d share. You certainly shouldn’t believe everything you read!


{Manufacturer identity hidden to protect the guilty}

Hotel Website Typo

{A toilet seat that is about as tall as my table, hmmm.}

Seen on vacation: Boat Dock lift

Davit for dock to boat access

Davit for dock to boat access

While visiting my extended family in SE Massachusetts, my dad took me for a nice Harbor tour.  The highlight of the trip was the Town Dock to see the new accessibility features recently installed. A very large lift platform now provides no-step access from the fixed pier to the floating dock. At the far end of the floating docks was a davit, available for the public to use to provide lift access onto a private yacht.  I’m told that if you call ahead, the town launch driver will bring the lift sling down to you and assist in operating the davit.  Nifty idea!

Lift to provide access from pier to floating dock

Lift to provide access from pier to floating dock

Boat dock lift

Boat dock lift