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Accessibility Professionals Association


Congrats to our APAC gift card winners!

Many thanks to Chris Manthei of Huitt-Zollars, Edward Steinfeld of the University of Buffalo, and Kenneth Woo of Kenneth Woo and Associates for lending their expertise to the development of the APA Certification Exam


To find out more about the exam, visit our APA Certification Program page

The inaugural sitting of exam will be offered in person at the annual National Conference in Austin, Texas, January 25-27, 2023



Join the Rocky Mountain Chapter!

Join before November 1, 2022, and your chapter dues will be waived (APA Dues will still apply)

If you live or work in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, or Wyoming, you should join the APA Rocky Mountain Chapter!

Why join the RMC?


Chapter membership gets you these membership benefits, with more to come:

  • Discuss accessibility issues pertinent to your region
  • Exchange ideas with other accessibility professionals 
  • Join the Technical Standards Committee to discuss codes and regulations in your area
  • Network with others in your region
  • Brainstorm with other professionals in monthly virtual roundtables
  • Connect with others during in-person meet-ups 
  • Get updates on legislative issues
  • Learn about the latest from the legislature
  • Earn Continuing Education credit through in-person trainings close to you
  • Drive to trainings instead of fly
  • Enjoy reduced fees for Continuing Education trainings
  • Use your chapter membership to get discounted rates on trainings and conferences

Join now and your dues will be waived until November 1, 2022!

Join us!



Upcoming CE/LU training opportunities

For more information on the classes below, please visit our Accredited Training page.


Wednesday, June 1, 2022, 1 pm CT (noon MT), Virtual training with APA Rocky Mountain Chapter

"New topics in the 2017 A117.1 ICC Accessibility Standard" - 1 HR CE/LU

Kim Paarlberg from ICC will present on new added topics not addressed in the accessibility standards before.

Register here


Tuesday & Thursday, June 14 & 16, 2022, Texas Accessibility Academy (virtual)

Two day class with Marsha Godeaux of Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR)

16 hours of RAS CEUs (must attend both days in entirety for credit)

Register here


Friday, September 9, 2022, APA Fall CE/LU Training

Plano, TX (In-person)

Half-day and full-day registration options will be available. Schedule and registration information will be posted soon.

APA Certification Exam Roll Out!

Be a part of the inaugural administration of the exam at the 2023 national conference.

Watch the APA Certification page for updates.


Want to be part of the action?

Email Shirley Knox, Executive Director 

and get involved


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Member Spotlight

Mark Jackson

Jackson is an Accessibility Consulting Director at Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA) where he oversees a team of accessibility consultants that work nationwide on hospitality, educational, civic, cultural, and institutional projects, including, detention and correctional facilities, healthcare, hotels, life science, museums, restaurants, schools, theaters, and much more. Jackson holds a degree in Urban Planning and Development from the College of Architecture and Planning at Ball State University and has more than 21 years of experience in design, development, and construction. He has been with SWA for almost 17 years providing accessibility consulting services and advising attorneys, builders, designers, developers, managers, owners, and others on federal, state, and local accessibility requirements. Some of the services provided by Jackson and his team include accessibility program analysis, reviews of design plans, shop drawings, and product submittals, construction inspections, existing building audits, due diligence analysis, barrier removal surveys, accessibility remediation plans, design assistance, litigation and expert witness services, and more.



ADA and ICC Articles

Check out these articles of interest:

Through the roof: Occupied roofs in the 2018 International Building Codeby Kimberly Paarlberg - March 2022 newsletter
Stairway Signage Demystified, by Kimberly Paarlberg - December 2021 newsletter
O Romeo, Romeo! Accessibility Requirements for Balconies, by Kimberly Paarlberg - September 2021 newsletter

Alphabet Soup for Dwelling Units, by Kimberly Paarlberg - June 2021 newsletter

Assisted Toileting and Bathing, by Kimberly Paarlberg - March 2021 newsletter 

Hire a Professional

 

Complying with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), Texas Accessibility Standards (TAS), and other building accessibility codes and requirements can be a complex and challenging process. A registered accessibility specialist (RAS) or other APA professional can help you smoothly navigate through every phase of your project to achieve accessibility and avoid any costly headaches arising from noncompliance.

Whether it’s a public building or privately owned structure leased or occupied by government agencies, a place of public accommodation, or a commercial facility, an APA member can help with accessibility planning and compliance. 

Search our Hire an Accessibility Specialist for APA specialists.

Mentor Program

Benefit from our Mentor Program as a mentor or a mentee.

Many look to fellow APA members for advice and guidance in the accessibility field. APA’s new mentorship program will further enrich our association’s membership base making our accessibility professionals more qualified leaders, in business and in life. It also strengthens the industry as a whole, by building leadership capabilities that profit the sector’s businesses and educational and government bodies. For new members, this is a great way to gain experience and insight into the profession, build networks, and access practical advice.

The mentorship program will provide individual mentoring sessions throughout the year, and participants will attend quarterly events (virtual for the moment at least). This year's program will conclude at the national conference in 2022 with recognition of all participants.


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PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release March 10, 2022


How Do You Gain Recognition as a Knowledgeable Accessibility Consultant? 


A lack of proven knowledge relating to accessibility in the built environment can be costly and detrimental to all involved. Construction errors, varying interpretations, and the lack of consistent application of the various accessibility requirements are problems that occur daily across the country. While Texas and California offer licensure programs for their respective state codes, the need for a National Certification in this area is long overdue. 


Thus, the Accessibility Professionals Association (APA) has partnered with CPS Human Resource Services (CPS) to develop a national Certification Exam for the accessibility professional. In order to develop an accurate description of the job performed by those in this field, we need the assistance of individuals who are familiar with the job to complete an online Job Analysis Questionnaire.


The participation of accessibility professionals in the Job Analysis Questionnaire “is critical for making the Certification Exam as relevant as possible to Accessibility Professionals throughout the country,” notes Jim Terry of Evan Terry Associates, one of the subject matter experts working with APA to develop the certification. The prestigious team, headed by Robin Roberts of ACI Consulting Architects, also includes Gene Boecker of Code Consultants Inc., Bill Botten of the US Access Board, Glenn Dea of Collaborative Access Studio, Kevin Grace of Building One, Sonia Gutierrez of DC Housing and Community Development, Marsha Mazz of the US Spinal Association, Jack McClellan of AE Support Group, Robert Ronson of ADA Assistance, and John Torkelson of theACCESSpartnership, lp.


Please let us know if you are willing to participate, and we will send you the questionnaire link in late March. As an added bonus for completing the questionnaire, your name will be entered into a drawing for one of three $50 Amazon gift cards.


To participate please send your contact information to Camille North or visit the APAC webpage.


P.S. If you have any questions about this questionnaire or the rating process, feel free to contact our CPS partner, Dr. Alan Tomassetti (atomassetti@cpshr.us or 916.471.3421).



About APA

Accessibility Professionals Association (APA) is a group of trained professionals dedicated to accessibility in all aspects of the commercial built environment. According to state and national ADA Standards, APA members make sure that new and remodel commercial construction is in compliance. From plan reviews to final inspection, they ensure that the physical experience is accessible for persons with disabilities in the built environment.


Continuing Education Credit* - APA is a registered provider with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR, #1521), American Institute of Architects (AIA/CES, #G583), and the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR, #PVD312) and is a Preferred Provider for the International Code Council (ICC, #1321). APA provides pre-verified ACTCP credits for the ADA Coordinator Training Certification Program (ACTCP). We award an Accessibility Standards Completion Certificate, as well as APA-ADA Specialist, APA-ADA Assembly Specialist and APA-ADA Transient Lodging Specialist Designations when all criteria are met. Members/guests meet the CE/LU requirements of numerous organizations by attending APA training.