David Kessler and Josh Safdie were honored to serve on the task force advising Massport on this initiative. The Boston Globe article explains that “passengers with disabilities, such as the blind, deaf, and those with other physical and cognitive handicaps, will be able to declare themselves disabled on the Uber and Lyft apps when they […]
The Wentworth Institute of Technology Center for Engineering, Innovation and Sciences, on which we consulted with Leers, Weinzapfel and Associates, has been awarded an AIA New England Design Award. You can read more about the project at World Architecture News.
Interesting article and diagrams about designing a home for a blind client: Teaching a blind client how to read her new home: a glyphic language in the floor
As reported by the United States Access Board: As of June 2, movie theaters showing digital movies must provide a means for delivering closed captioning and audio description under rules issued under the ADA by the Department of Justice (DOJ). Issued 18 months ago, the rules supplement provisions in DOJ’s ADA regulations on provision of […]
Last week, the day before Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Microsoft unveiled its Xbox adaptive controller. Priced at $100 with two USB connections and 19 ports, this controller is a game changer! CNet offers a deep dive on the development of this controller and the mechanics of its use in Ian Sherr’s article, Microsoft’s new Xbox controller […]
On Wednesday, August 2, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that $38 million of funding will be available “to fight housing discrimination.” Over $30 million of the funding is targeted for Private Enforcement Initiative grants – “available to organizations that conduct intake, testing, investigation and litigation” under the Fair Housing Act […]
The Department of Justice (DoJ) has placed website accessibility on the regulatory inactive list. This action does not negate the need to create an accessible website. At present, cases are tried under the premise that the internet is a public accommodation subject to title III of the ADA. The Department of Justice clarified this position […]
A117.1-2017 has recently been released. This latest version of the accessibility standards has updated requirements for turning spaces, clear floor spaces, and maneuvering clearances. For example, the 60” turning radius has grown to 67” (for new construction). This could greatly impact future room layout designs. A more detailed analysis of A117.1-2017 will follow.
KMA is excited to be working with the Bostonian Society on its planned accessibility upgrades to the Old State House in Boston, MA. It is a unique challenge to incorporate accessible elements into historic buildings without affecting the essence of the original building. Built in 1713 to house the fledgling Massachusetts colony, the Old State […]
The Old Chapel at UMASS Amherst is open to the public. KMA is pleased to have been the accessibility consultant on this renovation of a treasured landmark.