accessibility Codes and Laws an overview

introduction to federal laws, guidelines, and state codes regarding accessibility
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  • Length 35 mins
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  • Languages English
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Published 2/2015 English

Course Description

Accessibility means to grant equal access to services and built environment to persons with disabilities. Goal of this class is:

1- to provide some clarity both on roles of federal and state agencies in implementing and enforcing code compliance.

2 - to explain the difference between laws, guidelines and state codes, and their application in construction.

This class is focused on accessibility to the built environment and will provide some details on the structure of Chapter 11B of the California Building Codes as developed in the latest code edition of 2013.

A sample of how to search the code (CBC), is presented,

along with a code application related to parking stall design.

A copy of CBC Chapter 11B table of contents is provided to download as supplemental material.

The course is about 1 hour length and it is divided in 8 parts with a short quiz at the end of each portion.

Professionals involved in the design and construction industry will find this class useful.

This class may qualify for 1 continuing education learning unit, for architects licensing renewal. Please note that other agencies may accept the CE credit

What are the requirements?

  • this corse is a video presentation format. You can join theon-demand program from your computer using an high speed Internet connection. you may start and stop the program at your conveninece, whitin the time limitation provided by the class
  • Fee related to this course are not refundable

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand difference between accessibility laws and codes in order to be able to apply the right codes in a practical situation
  • learn about roles of federal and state agencies in promoting and enforcing accessibility laws and codes, in order to recognize who is the reference counterpart when promoting compliance
  • be more efficient in searching accessibility codes to help shorten project feasibility and design time

Who is the target audience?

  • this course is tailored for professionals involved in the design and construction industry
  • this is an introductory course that gives an overview of federal laws and state codes
  • this course is organised along general guidelines for continuing education credit, and it should be eligible for 1CEU. Please print the certificate and save it for future reference. It is student responsibility to verify accreditation with governing bodies

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Section 1: intent of accessibility laws

Here is provided an outline of course format and goals,

and a brief review of the intent of accessibility laws.

1 question

This is a multiple choises quiz. Each questions is related to a topic covered in each part of the class.<br>


In this section we list the federal agencies involved in promoting and enforcing accessibility laws.

You will understand who is in charge of enforcing the numerous laws.

federal and state agencies
1 question

This section provides a list and the chronology of all major accessibility laws.

You will undrstand the accessibility laws progression throught the recent history

1 question

what does the Architectural Barrier Act (ABA) regulate?


Here is described what sectors of society is affected by the different laws.

Goal is to distinguish what laws govern the built environment

1 question

federal laws

Section 2: guidelines, standards and building codes

accessible architectural guidelines are practical instructions on "how to design and build"...; they are developed by the Access Board.

Goal is to learn and distinguish about the various guidelines and their application.

1 question

Accessibility Guidelines


Standards are sets by different federal agencies: they are a sum of laws + guidelines. they are meant to estabilish goals, and timelines for the application of the guidlines itself.

State agencies pubblish accessibility codes base on federal developed architectural guidelines.

Here you will learn the relation between federal laws and state codes.

1 question



Chapter 11B of the California Building Code (abbreviated as CBC) latest published edition of 2013, is based on the American with Disability Act Achitectural Guidelines (abbreviated ADAAG), and it is now tabulated, with minor differences, as the ADA Architectural Guidelines.

Note that CBC-11B is now comparable to many other state codes that follows a similar format.

The new CBC-11B organization is explained for all accessibility subchapters.

Here you will understand the new structure of the California Accessibility codes for the built environment.

You will be able to navigate the code in a more efficient way.

1 question

state codes format

Section 3: California Building Code search tips

A practical sample of Code serach related to the design of parking stalls is provided. It includes tips and advice.

You will be able to follow along and practice a code search and application.

1 question

code search


Why is important to know how to apply codes and who is carry the burden for the correct implementation..

Federal and state agencies provide a wealth of information about accessibility laws, to help professionals navigate this complicate subject.

Here is given a list of web resources that can be searched for support.

A copy of California Building Code Chapter 11B table of Contents is provided to facilitate code search.

A new table has been added that cross references different building types and related applicable codes/guideline. This will help clarify what guidelines or standards apply to the built environment.

1 question

where to find information about accessibility

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Instructor Biography

Laura Baldrati, architect

Laura Baldrati is a licensed Architect with 32 years professional experience with diversified types of projects, including residential, commercial, hospitality and health-care. Her profession brought her from Italy to Switzerland, then to the United States. Her background and experience spans from industrial design, and research, to structural architecture and application of mathematical models to urban planning. She holds an Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC). She is specialized in accessibility review, and is a California Certified Accessibility Specialist (CASp). She is an Emeritus member of American College of Health-care Architects (ACHA)

Her fields of expertise are
Programming & Planning
Feasibility study
Building/Site Accessibility Review
Fire Life Safety and Building Code Compliance analysis


Polytechnic University of Milano, Italy - Doctor in Architecture, 1982
San Diego Mesa College, San Diego, California - Associate Degree in Building Inspection, 1997


Licensed Architect in California
Licensed Architect in Italy
Board Certified American College of Health-care Architects, ACHA
State of California Certified Accessibility Specialist (CASp)
Disaster Service Worker- State of California
Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC)

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