Mark Derry is President of Eastlake, Derry and Associates, LLC. Since 1999, the firm has specialized in accessibility, universal design, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) consulting and training. For two years prior to starting ED&A, Mr. Derry worked as a Technical Assistance Specialist and Trainer for the National ADA Information Center for the Mid-Atlantic Region in Rockville, MD. Mr. Derry has continued to provide technical assistance and training under contract by the Center over the years, as well as receiving updates and training from various Federal agencies charged with enforcement of the ADA/ABA Accessibility Guidelines and the ADA.
Mr. Derry spends about a third of his time writing and delivering training on the ADA Accessibility Standards and teaching groups of architects, facility managers and advocates how to survey for accessibility. The rest of his time is spent reviewing blueprints for designers to help ensure accessibility in their projects, as well as surveying physical properties for accessibility, having assessed millions of square feet of facilities. He has written articles for several publications on the ADA and architectural access. As a below-knee amputee, the result of a motorcycle accident in 1983, Mr. Derry brings a personal perspective to the consulting and teaching he provides. As a solutions-based resource to corporate clients, Mr. Derry has assisted with project management for over a hundred million dollars in barrier removal projects at more than 120 hospital and medical care facilities since 2007.
Mr. Derry has performed survey projects involving large numbers of facilities in multiple locations, such as United Refining (374 Gas Stations), Radio Shack Stores, Fairfax County VA facilities, City of Bowie MD Project Civic Access Settlement, the Red Cross, Amtrak, Johns Hopkins (Homewood Campus and Baltimore Medical Research Campus), Loyola University, Morgan State University, Burger King (300), Safeway Grocery Stores (200), Federated Department Stores (Macy’s), and CVS Stores among many others.
For seven years ending in 2015, Mr. Derry provided 27 accessibility survey trainings on behalf of the Department of Defense through Penn State University to recreation facility managers representing every U.S. Military base in the world for a project called Inclusive Recreation for Wounded Warriors.
Mark Derry has been appointed by three West Virginia Governors to the Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC), served as Chair of the Council, and was inducted into the Independent Living Hall of Fame in 2015. He was an invited guest at the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the ADA at the White House and was featured on the National ADA Legacy Tour in 2015. He is also a past Chairperson for the West Virginia ADA Coalition, and past member of the WV Code Officials Association.
He served from 1999-2001 as a member of the United States Access Board Public Rights of Way Access Advisory Committee (PROWAAC), and on the Medical Diagnostic Equipment Access Advisory Committee (MDEAAC) from 2012-2014. He also served as an alternate member on the Passenger Vessel Access Advisory Committee. Since 1996 Mark has been an Affiliate ADA Trainer for the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) and served on the NCIL Governing Board from 2000 to 2016. As Chair of the NCIL ADA/Civil Rights Subcommittee for over 15 years, Mr. Derry presented testimony on rulemaking regarding accessibility regulations to the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Access Board, and in the Congressional Record.
Mark lives with his wife Jan Derry in West Virginia, USA. Jan is the Executive Director of the Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living. Between them, they have six children, from 24 to 40 years old, and three grandchildren. His hobbies include antique collecting/trading and restoring classic cars and motorcycles.