Accessible Residential Housing

Thursday, September 7, 2023
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time Zone


Independent living is one of the most critical elements of accessibility. Accessibility barriers within a person’s home, where they spend most of their time, are imperative to address.

Residential dwelling unit accessibility guidelines and standards are addressed under many laws, including the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Housing Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, to ensure these facilities are accessible to people with disabilities. These laws, guidelines, and standards can be difficult to understand and lead to confusion for many design professionals, lawyers, and citizens. This session will clarify these requirements and their application to different types of residential facilities, including both privately and publicly funded facilities. Presenters from the U.S. Access Board and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will review differences between Title II and III of the ADA and the ABA, as well as their overlap with HUD's 504 regulations of the Rehabilitation Act. Additionally, presenters will give an overview of the accessible design and construction requirements under the Fair Housing Act that apply broadly to most multifamily housing.

This session will have real-time captioning and sign language interpreters available.

Individuals may submit questions in advance of the session when they register for the session.

Continuing Education Recognition Available

Certificate Credit hours
California Architects Board 1.5
Certificate of Attendance 1.5
ICC 1.5
LA CES 1.5


Rex Pace, Senior Advisory for Accessible Design, U.S. Department of housing and Urban Development

Scott Windley, TA Coordinator and Senior Accessibility Specialist, Office of Technical and Information Services, U.S. Access Board

Questions for presenters:

1 In older apartment complexes with more than 4 units are they required to comply with accessibility requirements ie elevator if multiple floors and have had major renovations? And what is considered a major renovation?
2 What would be the protocol for rescinding or formally nullifying the March 31, 2017 letter from FHEO's Timothy Smyth that tells FHEO staff not to accept complaints from those of us being sickened or driven out of our housing by smart meters, 5-G, other wifi and electromagnetic field emitters? It's the most urgent and threatening issue faced by many of us. Thank you for any assistance. Please e-mail or call if it will help. Susie Molloy, Snowflake, AZ 85937 928 536 4625
3 What kind of reasonable accommodation can be made for those being injured from radiation poisoning in Section 504 housing? An elderly, 85-year-old woman in NYC was refused reasonable accommodation in Section 504 housing. Her doctor confirmed debilitating injuries from radio frequency (RF) antennas placed on top of the roof of her building which happened to be directly above the ceiling of her studio apartment. Those injuries caused by RF radiation poisoning included daily nausea and vomiting, irritable bowel syndrome, tinnitus, hearing loss, hair loss, fatigue. After 2 years of living under these horrendous conditions, she had to evacuate her apartment of over 40 years. Others in the building who happened to be patients of the same doctor also complained of similar symptoms. Odette Wilkens, NYC,
4 Can a city owned, multi-family housing structure be required to meet Title II of the ADA as well as any of the other codes such as 504?

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