Capitol Correspondence - 12.23.19

Resource: 2020 Webinar Series on Applying Americans with Disability Act

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As written by U.S. Access Board, a federal agency that promotes equality for people with disabilities through leadership in accessible design and the development of accessibility guidelines and standards:

“Starting in the new year, the Access Board will devote its monthly webinar series to a chapter-by-chapter review of the ADA Standards. These standards govern the construction and alteration of a wide range of facilities covered by the ADA. The sessions will also cover similar standards that apply to facilities that are federally funded under the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA). Presenters will focus on common sources of confusion in the ADA and ABA Standards and frequently asked questions.

The first session in this year-long program will take place January 9 from 2:30 – 4:00 (ET) and will cover application of the standards (Chapter 1). Presenters will explain how the ADA and ABA Standards apply in new construction, alterations, and additions, dimensions for adults and children, equivalent facilitation and modifications or waivers, construction tolerances and other conventions, referenced standards, and definitions.

Visit for more information or to register for this session. Questions can be submitted in advance of the session (total limited to 25) or can be posed during the live webinar. Over the course of the year, this review will also cover:

• February 6 – Chapter 2: Scoping Requirements (New Construction)
• March 5 – Chapter 2: Scoping Requirements (Alterations)
• April 2 – Chapter 3: Building Blocks
• May 7 – Chapter 4: Accessible Routes
• June 4 – Chapter 5: General Site and Building Elements
• July 9 – Chapter 6: Plumbing Elements and Facilities
• August 6 – Chapter 7: Communication Elements and Features
• September 3 – Chapter 8: Special Rooms, Spaces, and Elements (Part 1)
• October 1 – Chapter 8: Special Rooms, Spaces, and Elements (Part 2)
• November 5 – Chapter 9: Built-In Elements
• December 3 – Chapter 10: Recreation Facilities

The webinar series is hosted by the ADA National Network in cooperation with the Board. Webinar attendees can earn continuing education credits. Archived copies of previous Board webinars are available on the site.”