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I frequently work along with many ADA associates nationwide to provide
services at the best possible rates: I've assembled a list of these people
here! This list is by
no means any endorsement of anyone's qualifications, but is made available
as a public service, to assist those in need of ADA expertise and hopefully
qualified referrals. much like this entire website.
Non-Business persons with disabilities may get questions
answered frequently for FREE when possible by emailing me, however due to the
mere quantity of questions and complaints I already receive: and answer, I can not
absolutely guarantee that I will ever get around to
answering them all! I do my best as time allows. Please do not call me as this ties up my phone lines
(unless I so request) as this keeps
paying businesses from reaching me! If you'll include all contact
information + phone number along with a brief description of your situation, with your email requests,
I'll frequently telephone you at no charge if I can be of assistance! Ii'm
not the best typist, I'm somewhat slow in fact!
Leaving me multiple messages and tying up my limited resources of telephone
lines will definitely hurt your chances of receiving my gratis assistance
and free services for the disabled. Each year I already answer around
1,000 questions for absolutely free, on my off time and evenings!
So, if you just have a "few quick ADA questions..." you've finally found that
someone who can actually answer them, in writing if necessary!
ADA Affordable Housing
Accessibility Plans Reviews
Private ADA & UFAS Compliance Surveys & Audits
* 24 years Experience in Accessibility Consulting and now
45 years unequal-able experience as a
person with a disability!
* Private ADA
Facility Compliance Inspections
* Private ADA Real Property Surveys & ADA Audits
Professional Accessibility Consultations
* Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Housing Accessibility Audits &
I am not a Not-for-Profit
corporation who offers free services to everyone gratis for the asking: I
charge an hourly rate based upon my experience & my expertise. I am a Professional
Accessibility Consultant who works with; Architects, Attorneys, Builders,
Business Owners & Managers, Contractors, Developers, & Real Estate Brokers,
Cities, State Agencies, Small Municipalities... amongst many others. I'm an
uncontested expert at identifying architectural barriers at public and private
facilities frequently involved in ADA Litigation, &/or those public & private
covered entities with ADA Responsibilities who are attempting to comply with the ADAAG
and various state associated accessibility laws, building codes, and
regulations. I also try to follow all of the laws of the US, state's, and local
codes and ordinances, wherever I am. I also try to perform in an ethical and
professional manner at all times: I am human, and I don't always know all of the
laws rules, regulations and customs, in which cases I try to do the right thing
by all persons!
Below is the best
ADA Research page
on the net
"The shortest distance between two points... is most
likely and usually inaccessible."
We survey, study, audit, or inspect commercial
properties and perform in depth;
ADA inspections ADA
audit reports, ADA accessibility surveys on municipal, state, and
commercial real properties for ADA
Compliance. We additionally perform ADAAG plans reviews for
properties on newly built or existing buildings where ADA
litigation is involved (i.e.; hotels and motels, office complexes,
restaurants, convenience store chains, supermarkets, retail
hospitals, and fair housing act covered housing
developments within a targeted market of the South Eastern
United States (AL, FL GA). Our ADA litigation services include Fed. Rules
of Civil Procedure Rule 34 Inspections, Affordable Housing Plan
Reviews & Accessibility Consultation, and Expert supporting testimony on
either the ADA defense and/or ADA plaintiff sides of cases, although we
specialize in ADA compliance defense litigation: where we can show covered
entities (ADA Titles II & III) the lowest
possible ADA compliance costs.
The 2003 International Building Code, Chapter 11
Accessibility is not the equivalent of the Florida Accessibility Code for Building Construction
CHAPTER 11 - FLORIDA ACCESSIBILITY CODE FOR BUILDING CONSTRUCTION
In 1993 the Florida Legislature enacted the “Florida Americans with Disability Accessibility Implementation
The purpose and intent of this Act (Sections 553.501-553.513, Florida
Statutes) is to incorporate into the laws of Florida the accessibility
requirements of the
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Public Law No.
42 U.S.C. Section 12101 et. seq. ADA, while at the same time to
maintain those provisions of Florida law that are more stringent than
that is, those provisions which are more favorable to the needs of the
disabled. In 1997 the legislature amended the Act to complete the move
to establish consistency of the Florida accessibility building code to
the Federal ADA Accessibility Guidelines as adopted by the Department
of Justice at
28 CFR part 36, Appendix
Nothing in Section 553.501-553.513 is intended to expand or diminish
the defenses available to a place of public accommodation under the
Americans with Disabilities Act and the federal Americans with
Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines, including, but not limited
to, the readily achievable standard, and the standards applicable to
alterations to places of public accommodation.
Accessibility Code differences paper by Jeffrey Gross and presented to the
Florida Building Commission - An extremely useful resource (FAC, FACBC, Florida
Accessibility Code vs. Feds).
Featured Accessibility; ADA & ADAAG Articles:
Revised 2010 ADAAG -
ABA Regs -
Suit over Florida
Disabled Parking Permits for persons with disabilities may be resolved
[Miami Herald 03/14/08]
Disabled plaintiffs challenge roundabouts in federal court -
ADA accessibility at roundabout intersections potentially poses difficulty
and safety hazard for visually impaired persons. 08-22-07
Senator Tom Harkin Calls for Restoration of
Americans with Disabilities Act
Disabled students face challenges in joining everyday life
PensacolaNewsJournal.com - FL
Every year for the past four years I have missed the local celebration for
the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, even though like
many ... 08/07
Court Approval Sought to Distribute Over $1 Million in Disability
Discrimination Lawsuit against Baltimore Housing Authority
WebWire (press release) - Atlanta,GA,USA 08/07
The Justice Department's complaint alleged that HABC violated the
Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), ...
Job interviews could be opening for lawsuit
Tallahassee.com - Tallahassee,FL,USA 08/07
While the Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted more than 17 years
ago, illegal inquiries or comments associated with disabilities plague
Two Suspended Players Suing NFL
AOL SPORTS - New York,NY,USA
The commission said the NBA violated the Americans with Disabilities Act
when it didn't reinstate Tarpley even though he had passed all drug tests
taken in ...
Court Approval Sought to Distribute Over $1 Million in Disability ...
PR Newswire (press release) - New York, NY,USA
The Justice Department's complaint alleged that HABC violated the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), ...
ADA accessibility rules to apply at sea
cruise ships to be required to heed U.S. regulations.
Doran v. Del Taco, Inc. - case on appeal - 09ca 05-55942 Federal Judge requiring an unambiguous
pre-litigation ADA notice and a reasonable opportunity to cure ADAAG violations
prior to filing: as if 15 year notice is insufficient . see ADA
Notification Act. Federal District Judge Cormac J. Carney is
apparently disregarding the entire legislative process and now ruling on the
laws as he sees that they should be written: rather then as they exist! -
New newsgroup for posting ADA Discussions and ADA Class Action notices and other
important yet hard to locate ADA compliance and accessibility information.
Supreme Court rules: cruise ships must provide disabled access
Department of Homeland Security
ADA Accessibility Guidelines
Cleared for July Publication
On June 25, the Access
cleared its last hurdle before moving to publish updated accessibility
guidelines for facilities covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act
(ADA). The OMB the Federal government’s regulatory clearinghouse,
approved the new guidelines after a 120-day review. The Board is now preparing
the document for publication, which it plans to release on July 26, the 14th
anniversary of the signing of the ADA into law.
or Defiance? Buildings.com
By Jana Madsen
win victory in ruling over access to government buildings (cnn.com)
Supreme Court Justices side with disabled in lawsuit issue (msnbc.com)
U.S. Department of Education and NIDRR
create new ADA document resource website - www.ADAPortal.org
ADA - USDOJ
The Ticket to Work and WorkIncentives Improvement Act of 1999
508 of the Rehabilitation Act Information
focus is Diversity in the Workplace: an excellent resource for PWD !!!
Best ADA Products
Employee Rights Handbook
The Rights of Employees and Union
(American Civil Liberties Union Handbook)
How to Fight, How to Win
Armor Tiles - Truncated Dome Detectable Warning Systems
Low cost, high quality: aluminum ramps.
Inc. - ADA Compliant Pool Lifts
Pool Lift - by RMT Aquatics a must see product.
An alternative device for pool access
- ADA Barrier Removal Survey Software
ADA& CA Accessibility Code Software ***
WingIts Grab bar
for Hospitality Thomas D. Davies and Kim A. Beasley
ADA and FMLA Reference Library on CD-ROM ****
-assistive and adaptive technology products
Accessible Window Hardware
Integrated Visual Paging & Messaging System
Center for Universal Design (CUD)
- Low cost aluminum access ramps, excellent quality The first in the business:
since 1959 !!!
better access solutions for small businesses and Voting Sites Nationally.
Systems, Inc. - Custom Braille Signage
ADA Basic Building Blocks - intro web
course on the ADA - offers CEU's
is becoming a very useful site for purchasing inexpensive assistive
technology, rehabilitation equipment and devices, and ADA equipment and
products. I myself have purchased several used or demo wheelchairs at greatly
We survey commercial real estate properties for ADA
The ADA requires most existing "covered entities" to comply to the "readily
achievable" standard, which must be determined on a case by case basis: that
is exactly the manner in which our services are offered. Every survey
is custom designed with the client's needs in mind. Please contact
us to discuss all of your businesses ADA needs: for existing facility ADA
surveys, new construction plan reviews, providing "reasonable accommodations"
for employees, ADA employee training for facility management and
staff, and for locating ADA compliant products. We can help you comply
with this complex set of laws, usually for a small fraction of what any
potential litigation would cost. If we don't do it ourselves: we can almost
always refer you to someone who can.
Companies that go far
ABOVE & BEYOND
the ADA !!!
of Truncated Dome Detectable Warning Tiles
Portable Restrooms -
I'm on the
Design Team Designing ADA Compliant Portable Restrooms for This Industry Leader
in Contractor's Portable Toilet Facilities with far wider legal ramifications
and thousands of uses.
Line "Best of Class" The ADA answer for laundry accessibility
problems for Hotels, Condo's, & PWD. I bought one and I
love it ! I
put my clothes in the unit dry and dirty and then I take
them out dry and clean ! This unit is the size of an average dishwasher.
Inclusion Solutions provides a quite effective
solution for providing better access to small businesses. (see: the BIG BELL)
Nicest GRAB Bars on the Planet ! Manufactured with Corian
these grab bars
can match the countertops ! They don't look at all "institutional":
and are actually gorgeous.
Designs Shower & Toilet Seats
Access-Able Designs manufactures some of the only truly
shower seats, along with other restroom accessibility products of commercial
This site has some of the most amazing and affordable home automation equipment
today! What does this mean specifically
for people with disabilities? INCREASED INDEPENDENCE !
- ADA Accessible Building Products
you hire us: by working together, we'll have your
customers with disabilities "flipping"
over your new "accessible
OTHER VALUABLE MEDIA SOURCES
Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)
Associated Press UPI
using the Thomas Locator
Hot ADA, Disability, Legal Sites & Related Articles
Association for People with Disabilities
(Justice for All ----- AAPD's
(WAPD) World Association of People
Counsel Quest - An Excellent
Legal Resource !
EMPOWERMENTZONE - Awesome Civil Rights Links.
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc.
Tranquil Adventures: Accessible
in the FL Keys
ADA: clarified or ruined ? By Marcia Coyle NLJ
Disability Law Resources - Cornell University
National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
Consequences of the ADA: What "They" aren't telling you!
Article: Reasonable Accommodation to Disability Act
Disability Rights and ADA Article by Walter Olson
How to file ADA & related complaints with the Feds
Who's in the responsibility loop? ADA Case Law:
National Accessible Apartment Clearinghouse
Disability Law in the United States- A Legislative
History of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990
for Deaf People & Hearing Impaired - TTY, TDD...
[T-Mobile] from Amazon.com
Wikk Industries, Inc.
AccessAbility Power Door Switch: The
High School Diploma- get your GED
ADA Case Law
Spector, Douglas, et al. v. Norwegian Cruise Line Ltd., *** 6 Jun 2005
Inc. v. Kirkingburg Bragdon
Board & Care Home, Inc., et al. v. West
Motor Mfg., KY., Inc. V. Williams
Dept. of Health&HR et al.
v. United Parcel Service, Inc.
of Corrections v. Yeskey
TOUR, INC. v. MARTIN
v. United Air Lines, Inc.
v. L. C. _
Alexander v. Choate
Dept. of Corrections v. Yeskey
Board of Nassau County v. Arline
of Trustees of University of Alabama
v Garrett Tennessee
v Lane Ruling
- The Federal Judiciary
Disability Law, and ADA & ADAAG Technical Assistance
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The following Tables contain Links to
the Most Relevant ADA Compliance Sites available.
I started with Nothing: and
I still have most of it left!
Wealth, like happiness:
is never attained when sought after directly.
It comes as a by-product of
providing a useful product orservice (Henry Ford)
ADA and ABA Accessibility Guidelines
In 11/99, the Access Board proposed updated guidelines for facilities
in the private and public sectors under the Americans with Disabilities Act
(ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA). These guidelines
are at their website: http://www.access-board.gov
and could be fully adopted within the next few months. Contact: Dave
Yanchulis, Access Board (202) 272-5434, ext. 127 (voice), (202) 272-5449(tdd)
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Final Guidelines on Play Areas
On 10/18/2000, the Board published accessibility guidelines for newly
built or altered play areas under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
These guidelines are one of the first of their kind in providing a comprehensive
set of criteria for access to play areas. They cover the number of play
components required to be accessible, accessible surfacing in play areas,
ramp access and transfer system access to elevated structures ,and access
to soft contained play structures. The guidelines address play areas provided
at schools, parks, child care facilities (except those based in the operators
home, which are exempt), and other facilities subject to the ADA.
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of the Americans With Disabilities Act
In Consequences of Employment Protection? The Case
of The Americans With Disabilities Act (NBER Working Paper No. 6670), authors
Daron Acemoglu and Joshua Angrist ask whether the ADA accomplishes its
mission of increasing employment and retention of the disabled, while keeping
wages on par with non-disabled employees, and whether the ADA adversely
affects employment of the non-disabled, as early critics of the Act predicted
it would. [
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EEOC RELEASES ADA POLICY GUIDANCE ON JOB
ACCOMMODATIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
has a comprehensive policy guide entitled Reasonable
Accommodation and Undue Hardship Under the Americans with Disabilities
Act (ADA). The guidance addresses the duty of employers to provide
"reasonable accommodations" to applicants and employees with disabilities
under Title I of the ADA. The Commission also has a shorter version ofthe
guidance entitled Small
Employers and Reasonable Accommodation.
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with Disabilities Act
Get all of the latest Tax information on the ADA - Americans with
Disabilities Act info directly from the USDOJ and the IRS.
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Accessibility Code for Building Construction (FACBC)
The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has certified the FACBC as
being equivalent to the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines
ADAAG. The FACBC is now available online at http://www.dca.state.fl.us/fhcd/programs/appd/adacode/
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Georgia Accessibility Manual
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ADA Related BOOKS @ Amazon.com
ADA & ABA Handbook
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Manual
for [your state]
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