Common Sources of Confusion in the ADA and ABA Standards

Thursday, December 6, 2018
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern Time Zone


Certain provisions in the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards are prone to misinterpretation and generate many of the technical inquiries the Access Board receives. This webinar will review and clarify these “hot spots” in the standards. Reviewers will untangle common sources of confusion, including those concerning application of the standards in new construction and alterations, employee work areas, toilet rooms, signs, detectable warnings, and other topics.

Continuing Education Recognition Available

Certificate Credit hours
California Architects Board 1.5
Certificate of Attendance 1.5


Bill Botten, Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator, Senior Accessibility Specialist, Office of Technical and Information Services , U.S. Access Board

Dave Yanchulis, Director of the Office of Technical and Information Services, U.S. Access Board

Questions for presenters:

1 If you are also covering PROWAG I would like to better understand the allowance for 5% max cross slope at intersections that are not controlled by a stop or yield (signalized intersections). Please provide specific examples of intersections that would require 2% cross slope max or 5% max and why.
2 As a designer for state DOT I have received a number of comments from people who are blind and their trainers regarding the layout of the detectable warning. They would prefer detectable warning units to be laid out to assist with orientation to the crossing. However current guidance from the Access Board is that they are NOT intended for way finding but only to alter the pedestrian that they are leaving the pedestrian zone and entering a vehicular or hazard zone. Is further guidance needed to reinforce their purpose? or is an alteration in their use warranted?
3 Discussion of MEF being applicable to new intersection accessibility designs on steep, hilly sites. Also, for sites where the surrounding road grades do not comply with traditional accessibility requirements, how does that affect accessible intersection design (meaning all roads leading to an intersection do not meet typical accessibility requirements)?
4 Does a stand-alone two story restaurant on a single site need to provide an elevator to the second story? Do the specific requirements of Section 206.2.5 Restaurants and Cafeteria override the Exception 1 of 206.2.3 Multi-Story Buildings and Facilities?
5 Do ADA accessibility requirements mandate that public and private roads have sidewalks or pedestrian pathways? In other words can new roads be built that do not have sidewalks or pathways?
6 Since the PROWAG is simply a set of guidelines, what enforcement power does a local agency have to enforce them if they are only guidelines and are not locally adopted? When does the US Access Board intend to transition from guidelines to mandated requirements as it relates to the PROWAG? It seems that many jurisdictions favor using the MUTCD (a product of the USDOT) in lieu of requirements based on the PROWAG. Do they conflict as they relate to accessibility and if so, why?
7 Does the barrier removal obligation (§36.304) apply to employee areas not used for work, including employee restrooms, locker rooms, break rooms, cafeterias, and parking?