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Uncommon barriers and why it costs you nothing to pay attention.

The list of barriers that professional ADA activists look for is growing, and guess what? There seems to be no shortage of properties out there that have barriers that really shouldn’t be there. Over the last six months, I have been conducting an unofficial survey of uncommon barriers that continue to be the “fly in […]

Service Animal or Emotional Support Animal … what’s the difference?

We have all most likely been in a grocery store or a Starbucks and witnessed a customer trying to pass their little dog or even cat off as a “service animal”. I don’t know about you, but this really bugs me, especially when there is a legitimate service animal with their disabled handler close by […]

Electric car charging do’s and don’ts. Download the guide!

California is now requiring that new buildings being built in 2015 provide the infrastructure for electric-car charging. But what will it take to retrofit existing facilities with the necessary wiring to install 240-Volt Level 2 charging stations? There are a lot of questions swirling around right now as new legislation is being discussed to include […]

Valuable ADA resources at your fingertips.

With ADA lawsuits on the rise in this country and the fact that there are many grey areas surrounding the accessibility requirements from state to state, it is more important than ever to have access to multiple sources of information and experts knowledge to cut through the fog. Any Architect, Civil Engineer, Designer or access […]

ADA requirements for hotels – 2014

Hotel requirements for hearing and sight impaired have increased dramatically over the last few years. Hotels are like any other business that provides goods and services to the public except that they also provide a place to sleep. Most medium to large sized hotels also offer meeting and conference rooms as well as on-site business […]

A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing? Fake Service Animals A Growing Problem.

It’s an easy law to break, and thousands of pet owners do it everyday … By strapping a vest or a backpack with a “service animal” mark or emblem to their dog, anyone can bring Fido into stores and restaurants where non-service dogs are normally not allowed. This is creating growing problems for both the […]

2013 California Building Code Changes – Part 4: Parking, Striping, Signage and More.

The new 2013 California Building Code goes into effect in January 2014. As part 4 in a 6-month series on upcoming code changes, I’ll highlight some of the most important changes to the California Building Code before they become enforceable. Generally, we’re looking at the accessible elements called into question during almost every tenant improvement […]

Don’t be “Penny Wise and Pound Foolish” when performing your ADA Project.

It used to be that a property owner or manager could call up their trusted contractor and get them to seal and re-stripe their parking lot without ever having a conversation with the building department. Likewise, there was a time, not to long ago, when you could remove an asphalt built up ramp that cut […]