Continuing Education on Universal Design

Universal Design, Fair Housing, and the New ADA/ABA 

08/04/2010 9:00 am - 08/06/2010 5:00 pm
Tuition $1250.00
Site Visit Fee $40.00
AIA/CES units: 21 AIA/CES HSW units: Yes AIA/CES SD units: No
AICP units: 21
ASLA units: 21 ASLA HSW units: Yes

New features include:

  • Explorations of universal design with Cynthia Leibrock, whose work this year has been on the cover of the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, and U.S. News and World Report
  • The latest updates on from Bill Hecker, Justice's top architectural expert on Fair Housing
  • Analysis of the New ADA from Marsha Mazz, who oversees the developments of these standards
  • Practical application of the ADA from Jim Terry, who has applied the standards to over 100 million sq. ft. of architectural space
  • Individual meetings with the instructors and multiple opportunities to customize lectures and slides to meet your needs
  • Three nights of optional activities to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this class. Including: optional tour of the new home of the universal design research library at the Institute for Human Centered Design, the world's largest universal design research library, with Valerie Fletcher, international universal design expert and special advisor to the United Nations; optional dinner with the instructors at the Harvard Faculty Club; gala celebration and dinner at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and surprise guest lecturers dropping in to help mark the program's twentieth anniversary

As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of this program, there has never been a better time to update your skills in universal design and standards compliance. The new ADA/ABA Guidelines have been adopted as a standard by the GSA, DOD, and USPS requiring compliance by all federal buildings they own or manage. DOT has adopted them as a standards for all transportation facilities. As these new guidelines are adopted as standards by the Department of Justice and HUD, they will replace UFAS and the current ADA standards. In addition, most states and local authorities are updating their access standards. These major revisions in accessibility guidelines, codes, and standards are changing the way buildings are designed (and the professional responsibilities of designers).

At the same time, consumer demand for universal design is increasing. A diverse, aging population remains in the workplace, requiring accommodation to do so. Customers of all ages, sizes, and abilities are demanding products, housing, and public spaces to meet their needs. Patients are empowered by accessible health design while reducing workers' compensation claims and threats of litigation. Multiunit housing projects of all types must comply with the Fair Housing requirements to accommodate the demand of a rapidly growing population of residents with disabilities.

Cynthia Leibrock opens the three-day program with a presentation of universal design research including the latest findings from Japan and northern Europe. Then James Terry discusses accessibility consulting opportunities in private practice. Bill Hecker reviews common errors in Fair Housing together with Justice Department findings. Finally the class will adjourn to an optional dinner with the instructors at the Harvard Faculty Club.

Day 2 offers a thorough presentation of the new ADA/ABA. Question guest lecturer Marsha Mazz from the U.S. Access Board about all of the changes and what they will mean in your work. She will also discuss changes in the ICC/ANSI A117.1 and the IBC. Then Cynthia Leibrock will introduce participants to universal design solutions with measurable benefits for clients. The class will also take a virtual tour of Cynthia's new home demonstrating over 150 green and universal design solutions. Finally, guest lecturer Valerie Fletcher will share global case studies of diverse projects that integrate environmental sustainability and universal design on an optional tour of the Institute for Human Centered Design (formerly Adaptive Environments) in Boston. The institute also serves as the Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center for New England and as The National Fair Housing Design and Construction Resource Center. The tour offers hands-on product demonstrations as well as access to an extensive universal design research library. (This single day may be taken as a separate, one-day program: "The New ADA/ABA and an Introduction to Universal Design Concepts in Practice.")

Day 3 begins with an eye-opening video on a day in the life of a wheelchair user. Participants will then be asked to select from a variety of case histories, which may include health care facilities, public right-of-way projects, assisted-living projects, residential projects, historic properties, hospitality projects, schools, and more. Cynthia Leibrock, James Terry, and Bill Hecker will choose from over 10,000 images and from design research gathered over 30 years to tailor this day to class areas of interest. In addition, the instructors will also be available throughout the course for extended one-on-one sessions to answer your specific questions and discuss your particular interests. We will adjourn to an optional dinner with the instructors at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston to complete our 20th-year celebration.

Whether you are a code specialist, transportation engineer, architect, interior designer, facility or project manager, and whether your practice is residential or commercial, focused or diverse, you will find the interactive three-day program customized by the instructors to meet your needs. Preconference materials including a white paper on universal design and safety will be mailed to you.

Learning Objectives:
  • Demonstrate up-to-date skills in universal design and accessibility-standards compliance.
  • Recognize the common compliance errors made in Fair Housing and the ADA standards.
  • Master the components and scope of the New ADA/ABA.
  • Analyze universal design research including the latest findings from Japan and northern Europe.
  • Carry out review of case studies in specific areas of specialization.

Participants in the three-day program "Universal Design, Fair Housing, and the New ADA/ABA," August 4-6, and participants in the one-day program "The New ADA/ABA and an Introduction to Universal Design Concepts in Practice," August 5, will meet together for the "New ADA/ABA" lecture.

Academic Leader(s)

Leibrock, Cynthia A.
Cynthia A. Leibrock, MA, ASID, Hon. IIDA, is an award-winning author, international lecturer, and designer with more than 35 years' experience. Her mission is to improve the lives of older and disabled people through design. She is the principal/founder of Easy Access to Health, LLC, Livermore, CO, which offers consulting services in health care design, planning for independent living, product analysis, and judiciary witness services. Prominent projects include the Betty Ford Center, the UCLA Medical Center, automotive interior design for Toyota, and a universal design exhibit for the Smithsonian Institution. She has completed a universal design showroom for the Kohler Company (training over a million consumers) and a "living laboratory" in Fort Collins, CO, for research into the environmental needs of older people. Ms. Leibrock offers keynote presentations and workshops internationally, including multiple lectures for Fortune 500 companies. She has served as a lobbyist for people with mental disabilities and as a research associate on the dean's staff at Colorado State University, conducting health care design research in Scandinavia, northern Europe, and Japan. She is author of Design Details for Health: Making the Most of Interior Design's Healing Potential (Wiley, 1999) and Beautiful Barrier Free: A Visual Guide to Accessibility (Wiley, 1997), and coauthor with James Evan Terry of Beautiful Universal Design (Wiley, 1999). She has twice been awarded the Polsky Prize for literature.


Hecker, Bill
Bill Hecker, AIA, is an architect and accessibility consultant at Hecker Design, LLC., Birmingham, AL. He has been involved in numerous landmark lawsuits related to the Fair Housing Act, ADA hotel requirements, movie theaters, and curb ramp-transition plans. Since 1994 he has been an expert witness for the Department of Justice on ADA and Fair Housing Act cases.

Terry, James L.E.
James L. E. Terry, AIA, is the CEO and leader of the access-compliance team at Evan Terry Associates, PC (ETA), a Birmingham, AL, architectural firm. ETA consults with institutions, corporations, and federal and local government clients to help them assimilate accessibility requirements and universal design solutions into their facility planning, maintenance, and customer service programs.

Guest Speaker(s)

Burnett, Deborah
Deborah Burnett, ASID, CMG, is an internationally recognized health and wellness interior designer, author, and researcher in the emerging field of Epigenetic Design. This practice is the embodiment of intent-driven, evidence-based architectural and interior design devoted to a working knowledge of how the body and brain are directly affected by the built environment. In addition to consulting on projects throughout the world, Ms. Burnett's work includes clinical and academic research, public education and outreach, academic lectures, and presentations in the popular media.

Catlin, John F.
John H. Catlin, FAIA, is a founding partner of LCM Architects. LCM is located in Chicago Illinois and provides conventional architectural services as well as accessibility and universal design consulting. LCM provides consulting for ADA Title II and Title III as well as the Fair Housing Amendments Act. Jack was appointed by President Clinton to the U.S. Access Board in 1994 and served two terms. He chaired the Board in 1995-1996. He also is one of two technical trainers for HUD's Fair Housing FIRST program.

Fletcher, Valerie
Valerie Fletcher is executive director of the Institute for Human Centered Design (formerly Adaptive Environments), which has hosted or cohosted five international conferences on Universal Design. Ms. Fletcher currently oversees projects in universal design at the urban scale, in public transit, in mixed-use development, and in residential and school design. She lectures and writes internationally and is a special advisor to the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The Boston Society of Architects honored her with the Women in Design Award in 2005.

Goltsman, Susan M.
Susan M. Goltsman, FASLA, specializes in the planning and design of environments for children, youth and families. One of the pioneering national experts in universal and environmental design, recreation planning and accessibility, Ms. Goltsman is a frequent keynote conference speaker and has advised government agencies and communities around the world, including developing policy frameworks and standard designs for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, General Services Administration, and many cities in the U.S. and Canada. She advised the U.S. Access Board and served on the committee that established national ADA guidelines for outdoor environments. She was co-author of the groundbreaking book, Play for All Guidelines (MIG Communications, 1987).

Mazz, Marsha
Marsha K. Mazz is a senior accessibility specialist and the technical assistance coordinator for the U.S. Access Board. She has been with the board since 1989 and handles oversight of the continued development of the ADA Accessibility Guidelines, oversees the technical assistance program for the ADA and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA), and is the Access Board's representative to the model code organizations. She is on the ICC/ANSI A117 Committee and the ASME A18 Committee on Safety Standards for Platform Lifts and Stairway Chairlifts. Her prior experience includes service with a center for independent living, as a member of the Maryland State Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities, and a board member for the National Council on Independent Living. Additionally, working for the Disabled Student Services office, she assisted a major state university in responding to the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. She has also served as chair of the Prince George's County (MD) Commission on Persons with Disabilities and as chair of the Washington Metropolitan Area Advisory Committee on Transportation for People with Disabilities.

Salmen, John P.S.
John P.S. Salmen, AIA, is a licensed architect who has specialized in the area of Barrier Free and Universal Design for over 30 years. He is the president of Universal Designers & Consultants, Inc. in Takoma Park, MD, and is the publisher of Universal Design Newsletter. He is an internationally prominent expert in the technical aspects of accessibility and a recognized leader in the emerging field of Universal Design. He has written extensively on accessibility issues and is the author of The Do-able Renewable Home (American Association of Retired Persons, 1998), Accommodating All Guests (American Hotel & Motel Assoc., 1994), and Everyone's Welcome (American Association of Museums, 1998). He designed and lives in the 'Home for the Next 50 Years.'

Vanderheiden, Gregg C.
Gregg C. Vanderheiden, Ph.D. is a professor of Industrial and Biomedical Engineering and directs the Trace R&D Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has worked in the field of technology and disability for just under 40 years. He created the first portable user programmable communication aid and first 'portable' text to speech synthesizer. Access features from Trace Center (StickyKeys, MouseKeys, etc.) are built into most every computer operating system today (MAC, Windows, Linux, X-Windows) as well as into Amtrak Ticketing machines, ATMs, Voting machines, WWII Memorial, and Automated Postal Systems across the US. He wrote the first computer access guidelines in 1985, consumer products guidelines in 1992, and the first Web Access Guidelines in 1995. He co-chairs the W3C WCAG working group and chairs the INCITS V2 Technical Committee. In addition, he has has worked with over 50 companies on design of their products.


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