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Applying the ADA Designing for The 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design in Multiple Building Types,9781118027868
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Applying the ADA Designing for The 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design in Multiple Building Types



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By showing how the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) has been applied in various contexts and building types, this illustrated book helps readers quickly understand the requirements of the ADAAG. Building types covered include healthcare facilities, elementary schools, hospitality facilities, office buildings, college and university facilities, retail and mixed-use facilities, performing arts facilities, and senior living. The author will note both new construction and renovations. The author, an architect, consults regularly on accessibility issues for clients including design professionals, building owners, and facility managers.

Author Biography

MARCELA ABADI RHOADS is a registered architect and a registered accessibility specialist based in Texas. As owner of Abadi Accessibility (, Rhoads assists design professionals and building owners with accessibility consultation on all phases of design and construction. Rhoads also helps educate practitioners and the public about accessibility through seminars and a monthly newsletter.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 General Guidelines
Marcela Abadi Rhoads

General Guidelines

Building Blocks

Accessible Routes

General Site

Changes in Level

Accessible Entrances

Interior Accessible Route

Plumbing Fixtures

Communication Features


Chapter 2 Retail and Mixed-Use Facilities
Marcela Abadi Rhoads


Shopping Malls

At Least One Site Arrival Point

Minimum Number of Parking Spaces Closest to the Entrances

Accessible Route to Entrances

Accessible Entrances

Interior Accessible Route to Spaces

Retail Spaces

Checkout and Sales Counters

Dressing and Fitting Rooms

Employee Areas

Common Use Spaces

Food Court

Play Areas

Strip Shopping Center

Site Arrival Point


Accessible Route

Tenant Entrances

Lifestyle Center


Accessible Route

Residential Facilities/Offices on Upper Floors


Chapter 3 Primary Education
Wally Tirado


Administrative Areas

Employee Work Areas

Service Areas

Service Yards and Loading Docks

General Application for Children Areas

Reach Ranges and Operating Mechanisms

Dining and Work Surfaces

Toilet Rooms and Elements

Drinking Fountains

Toilet Compartments

Water Closets and Accessories

Lavatories and Sinks


Dressing and Fitting Rooms


Ramps and Stairs

Assembly Areas

Outdoor Play Areas

Transportation Facilities

Passenger Loading Zones

Bus Loading Zones


Chapter 4 Secondary and Post-Secondary Education
Wally Tirado


Accessible Sites and Parking

Bus Loading Zones

Location and Dispersion of Parking

Leased/Assigned Parking

Playing Fields and Exterior Athletic Facilities

General Accessible Areas

Security Barriers

Temporary Structures and Facilities

Assembly Areas


Other Box Seating and Outdoor Seating

Performance Areas

Assistive Listening Systems (ALS)

Ticket Booths and Concession Stands


Physical Education Facilities

Exercise Machines and Equipment

Dressing, Fitting, and Locker Rooms

Swimming Pools

Other Spectator Sports Areas

Dining Facilities

Administrative Areas

Housing at a Place of Education



Apartment or Townhouse Facilities


Chapter 5 Hospitality
Jeromy Murphy


New Construction

Existing Facilities

Public & Guest Areas

Guest Rooms with Mobility Features or Communications Features



Chapter 6 Healthcare and Senior Living Communities
Greg Hunteman


Different Types of Healthcare

Alterations to Existing Healthcare and Long-Term Care Facilities

General Guidelines

Accessible Routes

Individual Spaces

Patient and Resident Sleeping Rooms


Chapter 7 Amusement Parks and Play Areas
Marcela Abadi Rhoads

Site Arrival

Play Areas

Ground Play Components

Elevated Play Components

Accessible Route

Entry Points and Seats

Play for Visually and Hearing Impaired

Amusement Rides

Fishing Piers


Chapter 8 Historic Preservation and Remodels
Marcela Abadi Rhoads



Accessible Route

Path of Travel Elements

Tenant Finish Outs

Alterations of Medical Care Facilities Patient Rooms

Alterations of Transient Lodging Sleeping Rooms

Alterations of Holding Cells

Alterations of Residential Dwelling Units

Alterations of Restaurants

Alterations of Dressing Rooms and Lockers Rooms

Disproportionality: The 20% Rule

Series of Smaller Alterations

Safe Harbor

Historic Facilities


Chapter 9 Residential Projects
Jeromy Murphy


Residential v. Transient Lodging


Public & Common Use Spaces

Residential Dwelling Units


Chapter 10 Universal Design Beyond the ADA
Marcela Abadi Rhoads

PRINCIPLE ONE: Equitable Use

Principle One Design Guidelines

PRINCIPLE TWO: Flexibility in Use

Principle Two Design Guidelines:

PRINCIPLE THREE: Simple and Intuitive Use

Principle Three Design Guidelines:

PRINCIPLE FOUR: Perceptible Information

Principle Four Design Guidelines:

PRINCIPLE FIVE: Tolerance for Error

Principle Five Design Guidelines:

PRINCIPLE SIX: Low Physical Effort


PRINCIPLE SEVEN: Size and Space for Approach and Use

Principle Six Design Guidelines:


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