Commercial Construction & Renovation

MAY-JUN 2017

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Jack McMahan is president of Crossing the Chasm LLC, an accessibility management consulting company. As a person with a disability, Jack trav- els the country to teach about the experiential side of accessibility, helping clients evaluate, build and adapt highly accessible solutions. He specializes in improving spaces with sensory experiences, recreation areas and exhibit accessibility. Some of his projects include the American Indian Culture Cen- ter, the Martin Park Nature Center, Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Hospital, ASA Softball Hall of Fame Museum and Stadium Complex in Oklahoma City, and the Central Christian Camp in Guthrie, Okla. Key points to remember • References to Program Access will not be found in the "2010 Standards for Accessible Design." Instead, those standards are identified in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 28 Part 35 (Public Entities) or CFR 28 Part 36 (Places of Public Accommodations). Unlike physical access where guidelines to identify and remedy architectural barrier deficiencies are clearly specified, no such guidelines exist for Title II or Title III. That doesn't mean that programmatic access is not required; it is. An overarching obligation of ADA is barrier removal. Like my colleague, Brad Gaskins, advises, "If an able-bodied person can do it (get into it, through it, participate in it or enjoy it), it usually needs to be made accessible." • If an element (exhibit, display, sign, play area, map/diagram, building directory, performance/entertainment, etc.) is core to the intended visitor experience (i.e. emotion, education, discovery, entertainment, etc.), it's likely a "program or service," and should be made accessible. • "Barrier Removal" isn't just for wheelchairs. A guiding principle of ADA is inclusion; recognizing the needs of all people with mobility, sensory (low-vision, blind, limited hearing, deafness, etc.) and/or cognitive (i.e., autism, traumatic brain injury, etc.) disabilities. • Programs, activities and services must be made accessible whether the building is accessible or not. • Making programs accessible can mean providing a physical solution. For example, building a ramp to get on to a stage might make programs accessible. 181 MCINTOSHTRANSFORMS.COM MAY/JUNE 2017 ISSUE 1 COMMERCIAL TRANSFORMATIONS

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