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What is ADA?

Enacted in 1990, The Americans with Disabilities Act makes it illegal to discriminate against people with disabilities. As part of the ADA, guidelines were established to ensure equal access to public facilities and services to people with disabilities. The ADA sets out design and engineering standards to make public restrooms and other facilities accessible to disabled people.

Why ADA and engineering?

It is very common for architects and contractors to follow only their local building codes, which may not porivde the same degree of accessibility to persons with disabilities. Compliance with local building codes does not ensure compliance with the ADA. - U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division Disability Rights Section

ADA and Engineering in Education

ADA and Engineering in Practice

Popular Resources

ADA Homepage  
U.S. Department of Justice Americans with Disabilities Act Home Page

On March 15, 2012, compliance with the 2010 Standards will be required for new construction and alterations. In the period between September 15, 2010 and March 15, 2012, covered entities may choose between the 1991 ADA Standards (without the elevator exemption for Title II facilities), the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (Title II facilities only), and the 2010 Standards.

2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design
1991 ADA Standards for Accessible Design

Adaptive Environments 
Adaptive Environments is a non-profit organization committed to advancing the role of design in expanding opportunity and enhancing experience for people of all ages and abilities.

The Design Linc 
A source of design tips, products, organizations and other helpful resources regarding accessibility with an emphasis on housing and assisted living centers.

United States Access Board 
The Access Board is an independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities.

Guidelines & Standards is a private philanthropic project supported by Universal Designers & Consultants, Inc. (UD&C). is intended to advance the state of the art of Universal Design (UD), by providing a platform where people can freely find and share information about UD.

Engineering Librarian

Kari Kozak
Lichtenberger Engineering Library
2001 Seamans Center
ph: 319-335-6046
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