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Transforming Inaccessible Buildings into Inclusive Ones for All


Marcela Abadi Rhoads, AIA, RAS, Abadi Accessibility


CE Sessions
Codes and Standards
1.25 HSW
1.25 ADA
1.25 LUH


Friday, November 8, 2013
8:00 am - 9:15 am
Class Code: 48

Room / Location

Room 201 / Convention Center Second Floor


The Texas Accessibility Standards (TAS) were established to give guidelines and standards on how to make buildings accessible when they are being remodeled or newly built. Since TAS is a construction law, there are no requirements to make existing buildings accessible if there is no construction being planned. On the other hand, the ADA is a civil rights law and will require that existing buildings be brought up to compliance with design guidelines in order to allow access to all.

However, the ADA and TAS only require access in commercial buildings: single family homes are not required to be accessible, and therefore persons who are aging cannot stay in their homes if they develop disabilities. This course will focus on existing commercial and residential buildings as well as historically registered buildings, and will explore how they can be made accessible, examining the concept of "Aging in Place" and "Universal Design Principles" and how they can be incorporated in our designs.


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