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Ascension’s Complimentary Architectural Plan Review Service

Ascension provides free architectural plan reviews to any architects specifying an Ascension lift in their design plans....

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Continuing Education Credit for Architects

Ascension proudly sponsors a free continuing education course for architects, titled “Rethinking Vertical Accessibility.” This hour-long course is designed to keep practicing architects up-to-date on accessibility laws and the benefits of ...

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Accessibility Barriers Block Employment

According to a 2008 report published in the Monthly Labor Review, there has been a downward trend in the employment of people with disabilities 1990. With few exceptions, this trend has persisted despite the inception of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), into law almost thirty years ago. Moreover, this decline has continued...

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Overcoming Obstacles: 3 Simple Strategies for Avoiding Accessibility Litigation

Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination, “On the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations by any person who owns, leases (or leases to), or operates a place of public accommodation.” Therefore, it would seem that the best way to avoid accessibility litigation is to...

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Navigating Through ADA and ADAAG Code Interpretation

The requirements put forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as well as the ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG), can be unclear and are therefore subject to broad interpretation. ...

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Historic Renovations Without Alterations

In the past, most buildings were not designed with accessibility in mind. As a result, many historic buildings or structures are inaccessible to disabled persons. However, since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed in 1990, more attention is being given to the accessible design of homes, businesses, and public spaces, as well as to the accessibility of historic structures. ...

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Specifying Wheelchair Lifts: Avoid the 2 Most Common Mistakes

Mistake Number 1: Failure to Educate Your Client As an architect, you already know about accessible facility design. You probably also know a fair bit about vertical platform lifts (VPLs)....

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How the ADA Affects Renovations

Any renovation could potentially trigger ADA requirements. If you remodel a building that is not a private home, chances are the ADA will apply. From schools to conference centers, churches to hotels, restaurants to corporate offices, hospitals to performing arts complexes… the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) plays a role in all of them. ...

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6 Overlooked but Readily Achievable ADA Compliances

Since its inception in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has proven difficult to confidently implement for many architects and contractors. In order to adequately address the requirements posed by the ADA, it is first important to understand what the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) considers, “readily achievable barrier removal.” ...

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Rethinking Vertical Accessibility

Test Your ADA Knowledge and Earn CEU Credits! How do you meet the challenges that architectural barriers present? Ascension has partnered with AEC Daily to offer a FREE Continuing Education course,...

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Ascension: Your Architect Partner

As an architect, you have several types of solutions available when designing around physical barriers: ...

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