Whether you need a short training to get your team up-to-date on the latest on accessibility issues or a keynote speech to inform and inspire at a larger event, these presentations offer insight and information in an entertaining and engaging format. Customized trainings and presentations are also available upon request.

Lunchtime Trainings

Lunchtime trainings are geared toward architecture firms that want to expand their knowledge base around accessibility and Universal Design.  Browse my current lunchtime trainings below and contact me to discuss scheduling a presentation at your office. I can also tailor trainings to focus on issues your firm is currently facing.

Accessibility for Existing Buildings

This course provides a general overview of the various codes and standards that affect existing buildings including the International Building Code (IBC) along with the ICC (A117.1), the Americans with Disabilities Act (2010 ADA) and the California Building Code (CBC).  Scoping for alterations, additions and Qualified Historic Structures are covered and common errors are highlighted. Duration: 1 hour, with questions.

Multi-Family Housing in WA State (Type A and B units)

Successful multi-family residential projects in WA must incorporate both Fair Housing Act requirements plus Washington State building code. Current code references IBC and ANSI A117.1 requirements for Accessible, Type A and Type B units.  This training covers in detail the similarities and differences and what you must do to address all regulations.  This training is full of practical examples and answers to questions asked by design teams in the trenches.  Duration: 1 hour, with questions.

Non-Residential Accessibility Requirements in WA State

Designed to be a refresher course on the accessibility requirements in Washington State, this training reviews both the ADA Standards for Accessibility and the IBC/ASNI regulations as well as the subtle differences between the two.  Duration: 1 hour, with questions.

Beyond the Code: Design for All

Who benefits from Universal Design or Design for All? How does Universal Design relate to accessibility codes and standards? This presentation will open eyes to some of the “why’s” and “when’s” of accessible design.  Exemplary projects and best practices will be highlighted – all with the goal of knowing how to go “Beyond the Code.”  Duration: 1 hour, with questions.

Accessibility for the Public Right-of-Way

Inclusive communities require accessible routes to and through the public right-of-way.  This presentation will highlight the basics of accessible exterior routes, sidewalks, ramps, curb ramps, parking and other elements of the public right-of-way.  Discussion will include federal and state requirements, draft guidelines and best practices. Duration: 1.5 hours, with questions.

Universal Design and Residential Upgrades

Perfect for architects and builders in the single-family residential market, this training is a comprehensive review of all the components of Universal Design for the private residence, reflecting ideas that can be implemented by homeowner or builder alike.  Duration: 1 hour, with questions.

Home Modifications

Case studies of personalized improvements to their own private residences made by people with disabilities for their own personal needs. This presentation moves outside the box to showcase creative solutions to tough problems.  Duration: 1.5 hours, with questions.

Universal Design in Educational Facilities

An overview of Universal Design concepts as applied to K-12 educational facilities.  Appropriate for educators, staff and facilities managers interested in improving their school environment or planning a new one.  Duration: 1 hour, with questions.

Keynote Addresses

Beyond Form and Function: The Beauty of Inclusion

Universal Design not only makes a building more user-friendly, but this design philosophy can also open the door to better designs and more successful projects. I discuss why projects that make accessibility a central design priority tend to be successful on many levels. I will share examples of how Universal Design shapes space and volume, encourages full participation in the built environment and creates a more complete, richer experience.

Capitalizing on Your Differences: Owning Your True Strengths

As a fledgling architect, a mentor counseled me to play to my strengths. He suggested that as a person with a mobility impairment, I could bring a fresh perspective and insight to the profession. A typical headstrong young person, I ignored that advice and plodded along in a mainstream career. Years later I realized how solid that early advice was and I began to see the relevance and strength in my differences. This keynote address begins with my story and develops into an inspiring, motivational conversation about how the audience, as both individuals and as organizations, can play on their own differences and leverage them as valuable, powerful assets.

Do What You Love: How Giving Back to Others Will Give Back to You

A dedicated volunteer and nonprofit board member, I believe in the importance and value of service to nonprofit organizations. I discuss the myriad ways that giving to my community has in turn, given back to me on both a personal and professional level. This keynote inspires audiences to reach out and become more involved in their local community and in organizations that are meaningful to them while shedding a light on the less talked about benefits of being an active volunteer and community builder.