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Continuing Education Members/guests meet the CE/LU requirements of numerous organizations by attending APA Training. APA is a registered provider with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR, #PVD312), Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR, #1521), American Institute of Architects (AIA/CES, #G583) and 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.

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Universal Design Reduces Social Isolation

Full Article by Natalie Crawford







ADA and Bleachers: Folding and Telescopic Seating

Full Article by Kimberly 
Paarlberg, ICC







 

Why Hire an Accessibility Professional?

Complying with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and state-specific building accessibility codes and requirements can be a complex and challenging process. An APA professional can help you smoothly navigate through every phase of your new or remodel 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 a Professional page for APA specialists. 


APA Continuing Education & Training Credits* for AIA, ICC, TDLR, Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), ACTCP and More

APA is a group of Professionals dedicated to accessibility in all aspects of the physical experience for persons with disabilities. APA offers related education on a regular basis during the year - which is open to members and the public. 

Save the Dates

(Due to the Coronavirus, the following dates are subject to change.)

  • August 7th, 2020 - Plano APA Regional CE Training 4-8 Hr Options (Webinar Registration or Register for In-Person Training)
  • Due to Covid-19 the Doral-Miami, Florida Training is being postponed until fall 2020.
  • The next APA National Conference & Expo is January 27-29, 2021 at the Austin Marriott North Hotel in Round Rock, TX (near Austin).


APA is an approved Continuing Education provider with the American Institute of Architects (AIA/CES, #G583), Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR, Provider# 0007855 / license# PVD312 ), Texas Department of Licensing  and Regulation (TDLR, #1521) and 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 provide courses of study and award an Accessibility Standards Basics completion, as well as Designations for APA-ADA Specialist, APA-ADA Assembly Specialist and APA-ADA Transient Lodging Specialist, when all criteria are met. Members/guests can meet the CE/LU requirements of numerous organizations by attending APA Training, and verifying with which organizations a course has been registered.

Member Spotlight



Ed Beasley

Over 30 years as a Building Inspector/Building Official for 8 different cities in Texas. Reorganized 3 Building Departments. Worked for Texas Residential Construction Commission as SIRP (Inspection) Manager and improved timeliness of inspection process after numerous complaints under previous manager. Past President of the Texas State Association of Plumbing Inspectors. ICC Certified Building Inspector, Plans Examiner, and Combination Residential Inspector. State Certified Code Enforcement Officer. State Licensed Plumbing Inspector.
 

Notice to all APA Members!

The Member Directory has a whole new search tool! This is an exciting new Member Benefit for you. This tool allows you and anyone wishing to Hire an Accessibility Professional to search many new fields.

BUT - you must update your Member Profile to provide an accurate description of your services.  Go to the arrow beside your logged in name in the upper right hand corner of the APA webpage and click on "Profile."  Look for the heading marked "Website," click on" Interests," and check all the items that apply to your services.  Then do a few sample searches in the Membership Directory.

Additionally, we have a new feature called Member Spotlight (see above).
Members will be randomly selected, however, in order to be featured you must have a photo and  approximately 200 word biography in your profile.


Why Join APA? - One Member's Voice

My name is Charles Watt and I have been a member of the Accessibility Professionals Association for only one year. Unlike the majority of APA members I am not a RAS or an architect, nor do I reside in Texas. I am the ADA Coordinator for the Oklahoma Dept. of Rehabilitation Services, a vocational rehabilitation agency whose purpose is to assist individuals with disabilities to prepare for, find, and maintain employment opportunities. So why did I join the APA and how have I found it helpful to me in my duties as an ADA Coordinator?

The Dept. of Justice regulations implementing the ADA state "A public entity that employs 50 or more persons shall designate at least one employee to coordinate its efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities" under the ADA. This designated employee must also conduct an "investigation of any complaint communicated ... alleging its noncompliance" with the ADA. This person is most commonly referred to as an ADA Coordinator but other job titles are also used.

It is fairly easy to see, from the "job description" given by the DOJ, why an ADA Coordinator must be knowledgeable about as many aspects of the ADA as is possible. Certainly, complaints might arise due to the inaccessibility of the built environment but the necessity of being able to proactively alert an organization to existing accessibility barriers is also essential.

The education I have received as a result of attending regional trainings and the APA Annual Conference have been invaluable to me as I try to determine whether or not various elements in a building or building site are in compliance with the ADA Standards. In addition, the opportunity to create a network of knowledgeable peers and to ask questions in the online Member's Forum is also extremely helpful.

The ability to proudly display the APA logo and to receive various specialty designations like ADA Specialist, Transient Lodging Specialist, etc. gives an imprimatur of professionalism and expertise available nowhere else.

I wholeheartedly recommend membership in the Accessibility Professionals Association to all my fellow ADA Coordinators. I've met people who I know can and will help me if I need it and have received the finest training and education on the intricacies of the ADA Standards for Accessible Design which is available.

By Charles Watt, ADA Coordinator and APA Member