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Josh Safdie’s essay, The Ease of Universal Design, is featured on page 39 in the Winter Issue 2016: Domicile of ArchitectureBoston. “Although many of our clients are people with disabilities or older homeowners hoping to age in place gracefully, just as many are “typical” clients without disabilities, whom the average person wouldn’t expect to be […]

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KMA is pleased to be assisting the City of Boston in improving accessibility and the pedestrian path-of-travel at the Shaw Memorial and the Boston Common. This project incorporates both code requirements and universal design with attention to mobility, sensory, and cognitive impairments. Read the article in the Beacon Hill Times

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An “Advanced Session” webinar on Accessible Hospitals and Medical Care Facilities is being offered 2:30 – 4pm on January 8th. This webinar will feature two superb Accessibility Specialists from the US Access Board. The seminar will include scoping and technical requirements, including: Patient room scoping Special technical provisions for parking at specialized facilities Alarm systems […]

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An ADA class action lawsuit against four major NYC hospitals (part of the Mt. Sinai Health System) was filed this summer alleging discrimination against patients with disabilities. The lawsuit details how inaccessible facilities and medical equipment as well as certain policies and procedures lead to substandard healthcare for people with physical or sensory disabilities. Read the […]

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The U.S. District Court of Colorado has ruled in an ADA class action suit that the elevated ‘porch’ entrance design of 231 Hollister stores discriminates against people with disabilities.  Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister must make all of these entrances accessible or close those entrances by 2015.  See the full decision here. A similar suit […]

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Effective March 15, 2011, the revised regulations include a new definition of a service animal: “…. any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, […]

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The Equal Rights Center (ERC), the civil rights advocacy group and plaintiff in numerous FHA/ADA suits against developers of multifamily housing, recently announced their receipt of a $275,000 Private Enforcement Grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Read the press release.

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The Federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) Design Guidelines require most newly constructed residential units to be ‘adaptable.’  What does that mean? Read our recent Access Alert and download “FHA: Examples of Adaptable Elements for Multi-Family Housing.“

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The economy may be down, but enforcement of the ADA continues in many business and institutional sectors.  There are five actions that property owners and managers can take that cost very little, improve accessibility, and mitigate against risk of complaint or litigation.  Read more in a recent article (*pdf) in Today’s Facility Manager by Katherine McGuinness, […]

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