Accessible Design in Public Housing: NYCHA Staff Training Program

Version 4.0 July 9, 2001

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Table of Contents

I. Fundamentals:

Disability and the Environment
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   common impairments
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   definitions of disability
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individual differences
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   design issues
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   management issues
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   trends

Federal laws and Regulations and Public Housing
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laws and regulations
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new construction
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   existing buildings
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   Dimensional Tolerances

The Basics of Accessible Design
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   introduction
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   policy issues
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   site design
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   building circulation
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   toilet rooms
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   accessible housing
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   communication in bldgs

Resources
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   websites
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   complete UFAS text
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   modified UFAS checklist
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   VCA
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   children's guidelines
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II. Exercises:

Vehicular Circulation
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   parking spaces
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   pass. loading zones

Path of Travel
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   site access
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   walks
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   accessible route
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   curb ramps
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ramps
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entrances
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   lobbies and corridors
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doors and gates

Elevators and Lifts
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   doors
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   door jamb
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floor plan
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   control panels
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   hallway call buttons
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   wheelchair lifts

Dwelling Unit Design
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   general circulation
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   controls
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bathroom
    square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   water closet
    square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   lavatory
    square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   bathtub
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   kitchen
    square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   counters
    square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   sink
    square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   range/oven
    square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   refrigerator
    square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   storage

Common/public spaces
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   reception desks
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   kitchens
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   management offices
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   toilet rooms
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   community rooms
    square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   stages
    square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   ALS
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   mailboxes
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   drinking fountains

Recreation Areas
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   seating and tables
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   playgrounds
square_bullet.jpg (945 bytes)   water fountains

III. Questions:

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Authors:
    Edward Steinfeld
    Danise Levine

Web Site Design:
    Danise Levine

Graphics:
    Boris Or

   
 
Edward Steinfeld and Danise Levine, 2001
Introduction
This web based instructional program was developed for the New York City Housing Authority to train staff involved in design, construction and management on compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the ADA, Title 2 and other Federal regulations concerned with accessibility to public housing facilities.   It focuses on application of the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards to the public housing facilities, including sites, buildings, dwelling units and related non-housing facilities.

The first  section, "Disability and the Environment " includes background material on the relationship of disability and environmental design. The second section,  "Federal Laws and Regulations for Public Housing" includes a review of existing Federal accessibility laws and how they apply to public housing facilities. This second section also includes information on the Voluntary Compliance Agreement, or VCA, between the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development and the New York City Housing Authority. The VCA provides alternative approaches to compliance specific to NYCHA. 

The rest of the sections are in a different format. They are intended to simulate the review and inspection of actual facilities using the Modified UFAS Checklist.  This Checklist was designed to review designs and construction for compliance with UFAS and the VCA. 

Instructions
To use this program, use the index at the left to navigate through the material.  You can complete the program in any order.  After completing each section, select another section from the index list.  The sections you have visited will be shown in a different color unless you clear the history file in your browser.  If you do that, the links will revert back to the original color.

On the right side of each page of the sections based on the Checklist, you will find a series of examples in graphic form of typical conditions in housing facilities.  These examples may be in compliance or not.  For each example,  there are one or more questions taken from the Checklist. The reader should review the illustration, and evaluate compliance with each question.  Three answers are possible for each question:  Yes, No and NA or "not applicable."   By clicking on the appropriate button, the reader can test his or her knowledge of the Checklist and how to use it. Note that "Yes" or "No" are not always the correct answer. There are many questions where "NA" is the correct answer.  It is just as important to recognize when "NA" is correct as to recognize when "Yes" or "No" is correct.

The correctness of the answer often depends on how the example is evaluated, e.g. what measurements are selected and how they are interpreted. We have included both correct and incorrect measurements in the examples. We have also incorporated common incorrect  interpretations.

The answers are provided in pop up windows that become visible when the selected button is clicked.  The answers provide feedback on why the answer is correct or incorrect and, when it is not so obvious, explanatory information related to the selection of measurements and interpretations.  Be sure to close each pop up window before moving on to the next question.

Usually, it will only be necessary to check the answers for either Yes or No, particularly if you get the correct answer.  But, for many questions, it is useful to at least check the NA answer in addition to discover under what conditions an answer of "NA" would be appropriate.

Note that some of the answers to the examples are very obvious and some are very obscure. This reflects the nature of conditions in the field. Sometimes it is very easy to interpret compliance and, in other cases, it is much more difficult. Sometimes, even experts must make a judgment call. We have included explanatory information and hints wherever possible.

On the left hand side of each page additional information, interpretations and examples are provided to aid in understanding the material.  Use this material to understand the subtleties and complexities of ADA compliance. 

Follow Up Training
This program is not intended to be the only training provided for NYCHA staff.  There will also be a series of discussion sessions with different groups of professionals.  During these Follow Up sessions, we will discuss issues that have come up in your work that are not yet incorporated in the program and we will answer questions about measurement and interpretation. 

So, while completing this program, please identify and write up discussion questions for those Follow Up sessions.  These questions should be submitted to your supervisor who will transmit them to the authors for incorporation in the Follow Up sessions. 

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