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Common ADA Errors in Facilities Design

Mark P. Rossow, Ph.D, PE Retired

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that new construction and alterations to existing facilities comply with the ADA Standards for Accessible Design. The Justice Department is the government agency responsible for enforcing the ADA. As part of its enforcement efforts, the Department has conducted numerous on-site investigations of newly constructed or altered public accommodation facilities and has observed certain common ADA problems. In this course, a sampling of common accessibility errors or omissions is presented in easily comprehensible and non-legalistic language. For each error or omission, the specific requirement of the Standards that has not been met is stated. The purpose of the course is to help engineers avoid these common ADA mistakes and comply with the law when designing and constructing or altering new facilities.

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

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