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Introduction to Accessible Design

John C. Huang, Ph.D., PE

Course Outline

The Fair Housing Act is a federal civil rights law intended to protect qualified persons with disabilities from discriminatory housing practice. It covers a wide range of legal and regulatory issues with regard to Americans with disabilities. This course is designed to help designers and builders in understanding the accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Act. Students will get familiar with the definitions of various terms associated with barrier free design and the applicability of the Fair Housing Act. In addition, a list of common violations of the Fair Housing Act design and construction requirements is provided.

This course includes a multiple choice quiz at the end.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:

Course Content

In this course you need to study the following documents:

The Fair Housing Act Design Manual - Introduction (PDF, 30 pages)
Common Violations of the Fair Housing Act Design and Construction Requirements (HTML)

Course Summary

The Fair Housing Act Design Manual provides guidelines and specifications for accessibility to mutilfamily dwellings by individuals with disabilities. These guidelines are to be applied by engineers and architects during the design, construction, and alteration of such buildings and facilities to the extent required by regulations issued by Federal agencies, including the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Related Links

For additional technical information related to this subject, please visit the following websites or web pages:

The Fair Housing Act Design Manual - Full Document (PDF, 334 pages, 26 MB)
Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST: Design


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered professional engineer. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.