THURSDAY | OCTOBER 29, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
The quickly approaching 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in July of this year reminds us that it is imperative for educational facility planners and key decision-makers to ensure accessibility for all students in today’s schools. What are the priorities in designing learning environments for children and stakeholders with disabilities? What are the ramifications of non-compliance with state and federal access standards? In this informative session, participants will learn where to spend dollars on ADA facility upgrades when dollars are tight and how to address the needs of all children and stakeholders including underserved groups, protecting schools from complaints and lawsuits. Beginning with a very brief history of the ADA, the session quickly segues into identifying the key access areas on school campuses. Citing both Department of Justice established priorities and actual campus related complaints/lawsuits, it will become clear where resources should be directed when fulfilling their continual barrier removal obligation. A question and answer session will allow attendees to clarify many of their questions and concerns, both technical and otherwise, with a true expert in the field of accessibility compliance.
#1: Apply a more creative approach to accessible design that focuses on exceeding minimum standards.
#2: Assess a school facility and identify where greater access in the educational environment is most beneficial and readily achievable.
#3: Engage the community to gain input and assessment assistance during and after design planning and facility construction.
#4: Gain an understanding of which state and federal accessibility codes pertain to schools.
Design of Educational Facilities: Acts as a resource to the design team in providing ongoing guidance and support to ensure that the emerging and ultimate design aligns with the established community vision, education goals, future programming, written design standards, best/next practices and education policy.
Ethics/Professionalism: Provides leadership and stewardship for the responsible investment of public and private funding into school facilities – while being a known advocate for the importance of the learning environment on a child’s future. They lead and have a record of leading transparent processes that help communities find common ground in developing solutions to complex and sensitive issues – advocating for long term solutions that address the needs of all children and stakeholders including underserved groups.
Kristi Avalos, President/CEO, Accessology Too, LLC
Kristi is a nationally renowned leader in providing accessibility consulting services and is a sought-after speaker with a knack for using an upbeat approach to help others understand the complexities of ADA compliance. With over 40 years of experience, she provides expert witnessing on ADA, 504, Federal Housing Administration, and Air Carrier Access Act legal cases. Kristi has been involved with the United States Access Board, Department of Justice, and other agencies and organizations that have shaped accessibility legislation and trends since the early 1980’s. In 1990 Kristi founded Accessology Too, LLC which is a national leader in providing accessibility consulting services and is one of the largest U.S. firms dedicated solely to accessibility and access issues. With Accessology, Kristi has worked on numerous multi‐million-dollar projects with accessibility compliance during all stages from schematics to construction. Accessology continues to raise awareness about the law and disability inclusion in our communities and is committed to full implementation of the ADA.