and the Environment
definitions of disability
laws and Regulations and Public Housing
Basics of Accessible Design
communication in bldgs
complete UFAS text
modified UFAS checklist
pass. loading zones
Path of Travel
lobbies and corridors
doors and gates
hallway call buttons
seating and tables
Web Site Design:
Steinfeld and Danise Levine, 2001
|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
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.
|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.
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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