ADA Compliance

Read: Historic UMass Amherst Chapel Made ADA Compliant by Boston Architecture Firm

Historic UMass Amherst Chapel Made ADA Compliant by Boston Architecture Firm

The historic chapel, originally built in 1884, was closed to the public for nearly 20 years due to code and access deficiencies.

Read: A Warning About Non-Code-Compliant Door Barricade Devices

A Warning About Non-Code-Compliant Door Barricade Devices

Most door barricade devices don’t comply with ADA and NFPA codes. They also pose other risks.

Read: Next Level Crisis Planning for Students with Disabilities

Next Level Crisis Planning for Students with Disabilities

When doing access or functional needs crisis planning, let go of labels or diagnoses and concentrate on practical abilities or disabilities that pertain to emergency response.

Read: Conducting Site Assessments for Students with Disabilities

Conducting Site Assessments for Students with Disabilities

Access or functional needs (AFN) site assessments should cover landscaping, architecture and security, as well as indicators of how well people appreciate, support and communicate with each other, and how functional the school is as a center of teaching and learning.

Read: How Man’s Best Friend Could One Day Trigger Alarms and Emergency Alerts

How Man’s Best Friend Could One Day Trigger Alarms and Emergency Alerts

Georgia Institute of Technology is training dogs to communicate using wearable devices that can activate personal response systems (PERS) and other alarms.

Read: Creating Emergency Plans for Students with Disabilities

Creating Emergency Plans for Students with Disabilities

School crisis planning is challenging, but particularly so for individuals with disabilities. Here’s how you can start making improvements.

Read: Univ. of Nevada, Reno to Sue Mackay Stadium Architect

Univ. of Nevada, Reno to Sue Mackay Stadium Architect

The university claims the architects in charge of renovating the stadium failed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Read: New Bill Would Allow Illinois Schools to Add Barricades to Classroom Doors

New Bill Would Allow Illinois Schools to Add Barricades to Classroom Doors

If the bill becomes a law, Illinois will be the fourth state in the Midwest to allow certain barricades, most of which aren’t ADA or fire code compliant, to be used in lockdown situations.

Read: Classroom Barricade Devices: A Dangerous Violation of Federal Laws

Classroom Barricade Devices: A Dangerous Violation of Federal Laws

Most classroom barricade devices violate ADA, NFPA and other federal codes that are designed to enable individuals with disabilities to quickly evacuate a dangerous situation.

Read: Trump Proposes Major Staffing Cuts to Title IX Enforcement Office

Trump Proposes Major Staffing Cuts to Title IX Enforcement Office

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights would lose 46 full-time employees, or 8 percent of its staff.

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