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The ADA Companion Guide: Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA)

ISBN: 978-0-470-58392-0
400 pages
April 2010
The ADA Companion Guide: Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) (0470583924) cover image
The ultimate reference to the latest ADA and ABA Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities

Architects, interior designers, engineers, facility managers, and related building professionals will find this to be a handy guide to the latest Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG), as published by the U.S. Access Board in the Federal Registry in 2004 and subsequently updated. As this book went to press in 2010, the U.S. Justice Department was expected to soon adopt the latest ADAAG, as covered in this book.

These guidelines have been revamped to offer more cohesive architectural guidance that improves the accessible design of buildings for individuals with special needs. Learn what the essentials of these revised guidelines are with this handy reference—what has changed, what hasn't, how to apply the guidelines, and what effect they will have on both the public and private sectors—with:

  • An easy-to-use format that follows the same organization as the actual revised ADAAG, with the revised numbering system, updated scoping, and technical provisions

  • A chapter focused on the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA), which is specific to those dealing with federal buildings and facilities funded by the federal government

  • Special commentaries on crucial or hard-to-understand examples, with photographs that illustrate practical applications of the guidelines, written by an architect who is an accessibility expert that consults regularly with design professionals, building owners, and facility managers

The ADA Companion Guide combines the complete ADAAG and ABA guidelines with explanations, commentary, and illustrations, offering easy-to-follow guidance on how to eliminate unnecessary architectural barriers for persons with disabilities.

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS.

INTRODUCTION.

History.

PART 1: SUMMARY OF CHANGES.

ADA Chapter 1: Application and Administration.

ADA Chapter 2: Scoping Requirements.

ABA Application, and Scoping (Chapters F1 and F2).

ADA Technical Requirements (Chapters 3 through 10).

ADA Chapter 3: Building Blocks.

ADA Chapter 4: Accessible Routes.

ADA Chapter 5: General Site and Building Elements.

ADA Chapter 6: Plumbing Elements and Facilities.

ADA Chapter 7: Communication Elements and Features.

ADA Chapter 8: Special Rooms, Spaces, and Elements.

ADA Chapter 9: Built-In Elements.

ADA Chapter 10: Recreation Facilities.

PART 2: THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT.

ADA Chapter 1: Application and Administration.

101 Purpose.

102 Dimensions for Adults and Children.

103 Equivalent Facilitation.

104 Conventions.

105 Referenced Standards.

106 Defi nitions.

ADA Chapter 2: Scoping Requirements.

201 Application.

202 Existing Buildings and Facilities.

203 General Exceptions.

204 Protruding Objects.

205 Operable Parts.

206 Accessible Routes.

207 Accessible Means of Egress.

208 Parking Spaces.

209 Passenger Loading Zones and Bus Stops.

210 Stairways.

211 Drinking Fountains.

212 Kitchens, Kitchenettes, and Sinks.

213 Toilet Facilities and Bathing Facilities.

214 Washing Machines and Clothes Dryers.

215 Fire Alarm Systems.

216 Signs.

217 Telephones.

218 Transportation Facilities.

219 Assistive Listening Systems.

220 Automatic Teller Machines and Fare Machines.

221 Assembly Areas.

222 Dressing, Fitting, and Locker Rooms.

223 Medical Care and Long-Term Care Facilities.

224 Transient Lodging Guest Rooms.

225 Storage.

226 Dining Surfaces and Work Surfaces.

227 Sales and Service.

228 Depositories, Vending Machines, Change Machines, Mail Boxes, and Fuel Dispensers.

229 Windows.

230 Two-Way Communication Systems.

231 Judicial Facilities.

232 Detention Facilities and Correctional Facilities.

233 Residential Facilities.

234 Amusement Rides.

235 Recreational Boating Facilities.

236 Exercise Machines and Equipment.

237 Fishing Piers and Platforms.

238 Golf Facilities.

239 Miniature Golf Facilities.

240 Play Areas.

241 Saunas and Steam Rooms.

242 Swimming Pools, Wading Pools, and Spas.

243 Shooting Facilities with Firing Positions.

PART 3: THE ARCHITECTURAL BARRIERS ACT.

ABA Chapter 1: Application and Administration.

F101 Purpose.

F102 Dimensions for Adults and Children.

F103 Modifi cations and Waivers.

F104 Conventions.

F105 Referenced Standards.

F106 Defi nitions.

ABA Chapter 2: Scoping Requirements.

F201 Application.

F202 Existing Buildings and Facilities.

F203 General Exceptions.

F204 Protruding Objects.

F205 Operable Parts.

F206 Accessible Routes.

F207 Accessible Means of Egress.

F208 Parking Spaces.

F209 Passenger Loading Zones and Bus Stops.

F210 Stairways.

F211 Drinking Fountains.

F212 Kitchens, Kitchenettes, and Sinks.

F213 Toilet Facilities and Bathing Facilities.

F214 Washing Machines and Clothes Dryers.

F215 Fire Alarm Systems.

F216 Signs.

F217 Telephones.

F218 Transportation Facilities.

F219 Assistive Listening Systems.

F220 Automatic Teller Machines and Fare Machines.

F221 Assembly Areas.

F222 Dressing, Fitting, and Locker Rooms.

F223 Medical Care and Long-Term Care Facilities.

F224 Transient Lodging Guest Rooms.

F225 Storage.

F226 Dining Surfaces and Work Surfaces.

F227 Sales and Service.

F228 Depositories, Vending Machines, Change Machines, Mail Boxes, and Fuel Dispensers.

F229 Windows.

F230 Two-Way Communication Systems.

F231 Judicial Facilities.

F232 Detention Facilities and Correctional Facilities.

F233 Residential Facilities.

F234 Amusement Rides.

F235 Recreational Boating Facilities.

F236 Exercise Machines and Equipment.

F237 Fishing Piers and Platforms.

F238 Golf Facilities.

F239 Miniature Golf Facilities.

F240 Play Areas.

F241 Saunas and Steam Rooms.

F242 Swimming Pools, Wading Pools, and Spas.

F243 Shooting Facilities with Firing Positions.

PART 4: TECHNICAL CHAPTERS.

ADA Chapter 3: Building Blocks.

301 General.

302 Floor or Ground Surfaces.

303 Changes in Level.

304 Turning Space.

305 Clear Floor or Ground Space.

306 Knee and Toe Clearance.

307 Protruding Objects.

308 Reach Ranges.

309 Operable Parts.

ADA Chapter 4: Accessible Routes.

401 General.

402 Accessible Routes.

403 Walking Surfaces.

404 Doors, Doorways, and Gates.

405 Ramps.

406 Curb Ramps.

407 Elevators.

408 Limited-Use/Limited-Application Elevators.

409 Private Residence Elevators.

410 Platform Lifts.

ADA Chapter 5: General Site and Building Elements.

501 General.

502 Parking Spaces.

503 Passenger Loading Zones.

504 Stairways.

505 Handrails.

ADA Chapter 6: Plumbing Elements and Facilities.

601 General.

602 Drinking Fountains.

603 Toilet and Bathing Rooms.

604 Water Closets and Toilet Compartments.

605 Urinals.

606 Lavatories and Sinks.

607 Bathtubs.

608 Shower Compartments.

609 Grab Bars.

610 Seats.

611 Washing Machines and Clothes Dryers.

612 Saunas and Steam Rooms.

ADA Chapter 7: Communication Elements and Features.

701 General.

702 Fire Alarm Systems.

703 Signs.

704 Telephones.

705 Detectable Warnings.

706 Assistive Listening Systems.

707 Automatic Teller Machines and Fare Machines.

708 Two-Way Communication Systems.

ADA Chapter 8: Special Rooms, Spaces, and Elements.

801 General.

802 Wheelchair Spaces, Companion Seats, and Designated Aisle Seats.

803 Dressing, Fitting, and Locker Rooms.

804 Kitchens and Kitchenettes.

805 Medical Care and Long-Term Care Facilities.

806 Transient Lodging Guest Rooms.

807 Holding Cells and Housing Cells.

808 Courtrooms.

809 Residential Dwelling Units.

810 Transportation Facilities.

811 Storage.

ADA Chapter 9: Built-In Elements.

901 General.

902 Dining Surfaces and Work Surfaces.

903 Benches.

904 Check-Out Aisles and Sales and Service Counters.

ADA Chapter 10: Recreation Facilities.

1001 General.

1002 Amusement Rides.

1003 Recreational Boating Facilities.

1004 Exercise Machines and Equipment.

1005 Fishing Piers and Platforms.

1006 Golf Facilities.

1007 Miniature Golf Facilities.

1008 Play Areas.

1009 Swimming Pools, Wading Pools, and Spas.

1010 Shooting Facilities with Firing Positions.

RESOURCES.

INDEX.

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