ADA Seminar: Accessible Environments As We Age
March 15 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm PDT$150 – $255
ADA Seminar: Stepping Thru Accessible Environments As We Age and A Photographic Look at Recurrent Non-Complying Elements
Learning Units: 5 Mandatory Continuing Education (MCE) Health|Safety|Welfare Units
The silver tsunami is here! Now that the baby boomer generation is aging, we need to consider how this impacts our built environment – an overview of design considerations and lighting which can easily be addressed now to not only allow us to age in place later but also to have others visit us whether they have issues concerning accessibility or aging, whether just slowing down, or have a more vigorous disability. This seminar addresses more than just the minimum standards of technical accessible design, but rather good design practices and implementation overall. We will discuss common areas of concern and issues of aging and our built environment thru photographs of both good and more challenging examples of typical elements.
ADA and other accessibility regulations have been around for well over 25 years, yet we still see items of non-compliance even in new construction. Is this due to a lack of knowledge, or incomplete drawings and specifications, or sloppy construction, or is it that the topic has become so complex that it is difficult to synthesize all of the relevant information? And many of the items are indeed extremely technical yet the solutions need to be incorporated at the early non-technical design stages. This presentation will look at many common items in non-compliance often found in new construction and alterations. Learn thru a visual synthesis of photos with pertinent regulation call-outs of numerous existing installations. We will discuss what went wrong, was missing, or misunderstood, in order to recognize Access issues to be on the look-out for and how to better incorporate pertinent information into construction documents and specifications.
An overview of design considerations which can easily be addressed now to not only allow us to age in place later but also have others visit us whether they have issues concerning accessibility or aging. This presentation will look at many common items in non-compliance often found in new construction and alterations thru a visual synthesis of photos with pertinent regulation call-outs of numerous existing installations.
- Janis Kent, FAIA, CASp, Architect – Certified Access Specialist & Subject Matter Expert, Stepping Thru Accessibility
- Understand how different types of disabilities impact our navigation of the built environment
- Recognize those elements in buildings that impact and can be more of a challenge as we age
- Learn about different items that can easily be implemented now for aging in place later
- Distinguish and identify different hazards to avoid in the built environment
Janis Kent, FAIA, CASp, Architect
Janis Kent, FAIA, CASp is a licensed California Architect, and has been involved in the world of Accessibility since the mid-1980’s. She is designated a Subject Matter Expert (SME) by the California Division of the State Architect, a Certified Access Specialist, and participates in developing the state CASp exams. In addition to having managed a variety of architectural projects, she has surveyed numerous facilities for accessibility compliance and provided quality control for facilities throughout the country.
Additionally, Ms Kent has been asked to speak on Accessibility at a variety of venues from the Dwell conventions in Los Angeles, to Design DC in Washington, to National AIA Conventions in Chicago, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Orlando, NYC, and to the Nevada State Board of Architecture, Interior & Residential Design. She has been invited to speak at a number of business associations including BOMA-LA, CSI, ICC, CA Hotel & Lodging Association, Southern CA Association of Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH), CA Public Parking Association (CPPA) as well as a number of AIA Chapters, to name a few. Her book, ‘ADA in Details – Interpreting the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design’ is a compilation of architectural details on Accessibility used by architects, designers, plan checkers/inspectors, and facility managers, published in 2017 by Wiley.
As Founding President of the Certified Access Specialist Institute (CASI), she steered the organization to serve those involved with Access in the built environment both in private practice as well as public sector. She has served on the Cerritos College Architectural Advisory committee and the AIA Long Beach/South Bay chapter board . Janis received her M.Arch from the University of California, Los Angeles and is currently the principal of Stepping Thru Accessibility in Long Beach, California.
ABOUT STEPPING THRU ACCESSIBILITY:
Stepping Thru Accessibility was founded in 2009 in response to the need for information on Access in the built environment. STA assists building owners, property managers, tenants, attorneys, administrative authorities, and architects navigate their way thru accessibility concerns, both for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as other federal Access regulations and California state codes. Navigating the intricacies of these regulations and codes is our specialty. STA surveys existing facilities and provides detailed reports of items in non-compliance with today’s Access standards. Construction drawings for new buildings and alterations can be evaluated to verify if accessibility requirements are adequately addressed. And topical seminars for architects, facilities and property managers, interior designers, landscape, civil engineers, & others involved in the built environment are offered.