Latest ADA Training Offerings:
All are based on the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design (ADASAD), as well as referencing current ANSI A117.1 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities under some state building codes. Access Trainings are usually presented by Mark Derry of Eastlake, Derry & Associates, LLC.
Basic Level Accessibility Training – A newcomer’s course in ADA accessibility, the training gives participants an understanding of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the five Titles of the Federal Law known as 101-336 as it was passed in 1990, and amended in the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. This basic training is perfect for someone who is new to an organization, and should be the starting point for anyone wanting to know more about their rights under the ADA, specifically regarding access to buildings and government programs and services. The agenda covers the accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design (the Standards). This basic training reviews the “why” behind certain aspects of ADA accessibility through lecture, demonstrations, and Powerpoint presentations. This day-long workshop is essential to anyone who needs to know the fastest and most efficient ways to access the latest information and resources on accessibility in the built environment. The training will also include information on additional rulemaking efforts of the U.S. Access Board on recreation facilities, and an update on the work of the Department of Justice on additional Accessibility Standards. This Training can be set up for a small group in a conference room, all the way up to large lecture hall groups.
Level 1 ADA Accessibility Resource Training – Heavy on resources for individuals just starting to venture into providing technical assistance on the ADA, this two-day event motivates people to use the ADA reference materials regularly to increase and ensure their credibility within the community. A brief history of disability rights laws is presented, as well as the origins of accessibility Standards, leading up to discussion of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design. Included is a discussion of the ANSI A117.1, as referenced in many states’ building codes, and its relationship to the ADA Standards. Participants will have a working knowledge of how the Standards are organized and how to efficiently navigate the reference material to find requirements and explain technical criteria. Common barrier removal solutions for existing buildings are discussed, and product samples will be on hand for participants to experience, as well as demonstrations of ADA Survey tools. This is a two-day event, with the first day being a “basic training” followed by the second day focusing on resources and how to use them effectively. The Training can be set up for various size audiences from a small group in a conference room, up to large groups of 50-60 participants, maximum.
Level 2 ADA Accessibility Survey Training – Basics of surveying. This training format provides the participants with a better understanding of how accessibility survey services are performed, and gives more meaning to the measurements in the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design (the Standards). The training features information on how the ANSI A117.1 Standard for building codes effects accessibility under state laws, as well as a discussion of common errors and omissions in construction projects. A hands-on training exercise provides the unique experience to participants of putting survey tools to work in at least one local facility during the training, the location to be agreed upon after the host has had an opportunity to scout some possible facilities out. Common barrier removal solutions for existing buildings will be discussed, and product samples will be on hand for participants to experience. The training agenda is geared to having a minimum of 12 to 20 participants, with a maximum of 40 people in attendance for the two-day event.
Level 3 ADA Accessibility Survey Simulation Training – This level is formatted as a simulation-type training, just as survey professionals would do when they put together a large survey project and establish survey teams and carry out a scope of work for various survey tasks. The training format is designed for a small group of 12 maximum, with 2 to 3 person teams working together to gather survey data at an example site and develop a draft report, which is reviewed by the group as an additional learning tool for the program. Example reports of various formats are shared. This is a certificate-based training with certain requirements that must be fulfilled to qualify for participation.
ADA-ASAP Accessibility Survey Training – Where the Level 1 and 2 Trainings are each held over two days, the ADA-ASAP combines the two into a three day intensive training event for groups of 20-40 people.
DAY 1: The training begins with information on how State and local Building Codes and Standards such as the ANSI A117.1 Standard for building codes effect accessibility in many states. Surveying practices, methods, and measurement techniques are common throughout various referenced Accessibility Standards, whether they are Federal, State or local. One requirement may be more stringent than another, but the way the measurements are taken, the data collected, and the report delivered are the same for whatever law the survey is performed under.
DAY 2: The second day’s format provides the participants with a hands-on training exercise that provides the unique experience for participants of putting survey tools to work in at least one local facility during the training. After the field exercise, a brief-out session to help participants better understand the survey assessment process, and discussion of questions that came up in the field will be available. Common recommendations for removing barriers to program access in facilities are also discussed, and contacts are shared with participants for additional resources for future solutions questions.
DAY 3: On the third and final day of the event, a review and discussion of available checklists will help participants understand using the right data-collection tool for specific types of facilities to be surveyed, and typical reporting formats for survey reports. Example survey reports are presented real time on the projection screen, demonstrating basic practices for documenting assessment findings.