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ADA Compliance: What You Need to Know

Course Outline

Almost everyone will experience disabilities at some point during his/her life. This course is designed to provide you with a basic understanding of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA). Besides the history of ADA, you will learn what constitutes a disability, who is a qualified individual with a disability, and what might be reasonable accommodations for a disabled individual. In addition, you will become familiar with the seven principles of Universal Design and learn how to apply them to meet the ADA requirements for commercial facilities and public buildings.

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

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will be able to understand

Course Content

The course material is contained in the following links:

The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (PDF, 15 pages, 0.2 MB)

The Seven Principles of Universal Design (PDF, 2 page, 0.5MB)

Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) (video, 29:42)

Please click on the above underlined hypertext to view, download or print the document/video for your study.

Course Summary

To remove societal and institutional barriers that still exist, all employers and employees must get familiar with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008. This course and its quiz questions highlight Principles of Universal Design and the important changes to the original ADA.

Related Links

U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities (a PDF file, 142 pages, file size: 2.0 MB).
HUD - Q & A Accessibility Guidelines
General Concepts, Universal Design Principles and Guidelines


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 PDH Center 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 architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.