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ADA Standards for Accessible DesignPE & RA

John Huang, Ph.D., PE

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal civil rights law intended to protect qualified persons with disabilities from discrimination in employment, government services and programs, transportation, public accommodations, and telecommunications. The ADA covers a wide range of legal and regulatory issues with regard to Americans with disabilities. This course will focus on the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, with which engineers and architects need to comply when working on new constructions or alterations of existing structures. The ADA Accessibility Design Guidelines include general instructions and definitions as well as technical specifications and requirements on elements and spaces. Specific requirements for restaurants, cafeterias, medical facilities, business facilities, lodging facilities, libraries, and transportation facilities are also discussed in the ADA Accessibility Design Guidelines. It is very important for engineers and architects to get familiar with the guidelines. In some states, professional engineers who design buildings are required to have certain professional development hours (PDH) in ADA Accessibility Design Guidelines for their PE renewals.

This course also includes the 2010 ADA Checklist for Existing Facilities prepared by the New England ADA Center.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

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