Accessibility Consulting

Our insights into the regulations and intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), our associations with the agencies who have created these regulations, and our experience with both the public and private sectors make us the industry-leading architectural accessibility consulting firm on the ADA.

The Universal Designers & Consultants (UD&C) staff is able to stay up to date on accessibility trends and the intricacies of code evolution by participating in the International Code Council/American National Standards Institute (ICC/ANSI) A117 Committee and its standards development process. Their involvement keeps them connected and "in the know" about ever-changing accessibility laws and regulations. UD&C President John Salmen has been a voting member of the ICC/ANSI A117 Committee for more than two decades and served on the Editorial Committee for the latest edition of the Standard. In addition, the firm represented the American Institute of Architects (AIA) on the ADA Accessibility Guidelines Review Federal Advisory Committee that developed the revised Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines adopted by the US Department of Justice as the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.

Our consulting services can include recommendations for compliance with regulations such as:

  • the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (1991 ADAAG),
  • the Americans with Disabilities Act/Architectural Barriers Act (Accessibility Guidelines (2004 ADAAG),
  • the Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design (2010 ADA Standardsfor Accessible Design)
  • Universal Design best practices that exceed the letter of the law.

 

UD&C clients benefit from our team's well-considered guidance. Accessibility code compliance is complex, with sometimes vague standards and over lapping code requirements. Careful analysis is necessary to come up with sound solutions that work within an organization's business plan. We have the flexibility to tailor our teams to support a wide range of business structures from individual tenants to huge corporations. We utilize management and technological systems to continuously make our work product more efficient and effective. The recommendations we offer our clients are based on over 20 years of experience in the field and are crafted to withstand challenges.

 

 

The Universal Designers & Consultants (UD&C) staff is able to stay up to date on accessibility trends and the intricacies of code evolution by participating in the International Code Council/American National Standards Institute (ICC/ANSI) A117 Committee and its standards development process.