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California Tow-Away Signs

Posted on April 8th, 2024

Navigating the nuances of the California Building Code regarding tow-away signs requires a keen eye for both historical precedents and current statutes to ensure full compliance.

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Regulations, Statutes, & Codes – in Terms of Access

Posted on February 14th, 2024

Explore the nuances of ADA and access codes with Janis Kent, Architect. Gain clarity on differences, implementations, and how federal and state regulations interact.

Bathrooms in Residential Dwelling Units – What Needs To Be Done?

Posted on January 3rd, 2024

Explore guidelines for designing accessible bathrooms in public dwelling units, with focus on fixture requirements, mobility, and adaptability.

Color Vision Deficiency Known as Color Blindness

Posted on October 3rd, 2023

Explore the impact of Color Vision Deficiency in daily life. Read about its prevalence, types, effects on job choices, and tips for design considerations.

Gender-Neutral Toilet Compartment vs Toilet Room – What is the Difference?

Posted on July 24th, 2023

There seems to be a push for gender-neutral multi-user toilet rooms, rather than gender-specific, but, there are some points that need to be understood.

The Elderly – Toilets & Grab Bars – Some Thoughts

Posted on September 12th, 2022

The requirements in the ADA Standards apply to toilets and grab bars used by people for independent use and include medical and long-term care facilities. But in housing that supports seniors such as in nursing facilities and assisted living residential communities, there is also the necessity to provide for assisted-use for toileting needs.

Handrails with Crash Rails and Bumper Guards

Posted on August 16th, 2022

What are crash rails and bumper guards and what is the difference? What are the exceptions under the ADA Standards 505.6 for gripping surfaces on handrails?

Braille – An Overview for ‘High-Vision’ People & Others

Posted on July 8th, 2022

Braille was originally developed by Charles Barbier, who was interested in alternate writing forms. Some thought it was a code he created that could be used by the army at night.

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Senior Housing in California

Posted on April 22nd, 2022

As the Silver Tsunami increases with the aging of the baby boomer generation we will see more and more senior housing. In California with the Unruh Civil Rights Act, Section 51.2 thru 51.4 there are specific stipulations of what to provide for senior housing. Section 51.3.5 has specific requirements for senior living in intergenerational housing as well.

Parking Priority in Alterations and Barrier Removal

Posted on February 2nd, 2022

The question comes up quite often of what minimally is required to be done for alterations on parking. And for that matter, what about barrier removal when no alterations are happening. Are the requirements the same across the board for addressing non-compliant accessible parking spaces? And this does get confused since it requires looking closely at the wording of the implementing regulations. 

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