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Webinar Offers Best Practices in Lodging Guest Rooms from a Universal Design Approach

Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D. is a powerful, internationally known speaker, trainer, consultant, author, and publisher who walks her talk. On June 13, 1998, Rossetti’s life was transformed when a 3 1/2 ton tree came crashing down on her. Her life was changed in that instant! In her new webinar, A Universal Design Approach: Best Practices in […]

Beyond ADA

The Division of the State Architect (DSA) provides design and construction oversight for K–12 schools, community colleges, and various other state-owned and state-leased facilities to ensure that they comply with all structural, accessibility, and fire and life safety codes. To promote consistent knowledge and application of the California Building Codes, as well as information for […]

ADA Shower Heads – You’re in Control

The ability to rely on consistent water temperature, pressure and reach is essential for an enjoyable and relaxing shower experience. This applies even more to people with limited mobility, who do not always have the luxury of easily adjusting the shower head or controls. The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) 2010 Standards for Accessible Design […]

Get a Grip On Grab Bars for Showers

Grab bars enable an individual to maintain balance, reduce fatigue while standing, rising, or maneuvering, or in some cases grabbing onto in case of a slip or fall. Caregivers can also use a grab bar to assist with patient transfer. The words “grab bar” are used multiple times in the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible […]

Take an (Accessible) Seat

Access to seating in the shower is critical for many people with limited mobility and can make the showering experience much more comfortable and stress-free. The 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design details the requirements that designers must meet in order to make bathtub and shower seats ADA-compliant in Standard 610. […]

Accessible Showers

The shower is one of the most important places in the bathroom, but we do not often think about it until we need to use it. For people with limited mobility, showering in a poorly equipped bathroom can be a challenging, arduous task. Designing showers in accordance with the guidelines listed in the 2010 Americans […]

Talking Trash

While the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design offers guidance on many design issues in a restroom, they leave out something important — the trash can. That leaves it up to the designer or facility manager to interpret the ADA Standards’ intent and apply it to the trash can. Having a clear, unobstructed path is […]

Mirror, Mirror On the Wall

The word “mirror” is used 10 times in the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, and readers are led to 603.3 section, Mirrors. That guidance simply states that mirrors located above lavatories or countertops should be installed with the bottom edge of the reflecting surface a maximum of 40” above the finished floor or ground. […]