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Continuing Education Credit* 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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Accessibility Professionals Association (APA)
 is a group of Professionals dedicated to accessibility in all aspects of the physical experience for persons with disabilities.

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ADA Articles
  • Universal Design Reduces Social Isolation - Full Article by Natalie Crawford

 

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. 
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APA Continuing Education & Training

APA offers related education on a regular basis during the year - which is open to members and the public.  We offer credits* for AIA, ICC, TDLR, Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), ACTCP and more.  

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

Registration Open

  • August 7th, 2020 - Plano APA Regional CE Training 4-8 Hr Options (Due to Covid 19 we will only be offering via Webinar Registration

Save the Date

  • 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 

National Conference & Expo Exhibitor or Sponsor 

When you attend the APA National Conference as an exhibitor, you get exclusive face-to-face time with over 200 Accessibility Specialists and related professionals – those who regularly consult and collaborate with architects, builders, and others who help maintain accessibility in the built environment.

For Exhibitor and Sponsor Guidelines for the 2021 National Conference & Expo please contact Camille North.

Member Spotlight



Stacey L. Brewer

Stacey will celebrate 20 years in the field of accessibility in January 2020.  She got her start working for the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation (TDLR) as a plan reviewer shortly after receiving her BS in Interior Design.

Having worked for TDLR for seven years, she gained extensive knowledge of statutory, administrative and technical requirements of both state and federal accessibility compliance. While at TDLR, Stacey was named the Communication, Education, and Training Team Leader and was responsible for official technical communications of the Architectural Barriers department.  Some favorite projects were leading the initiative to train Building Officials on state law, designing training for Registered Accessibility Specialists, and working with the Texas Historical Commission on the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program. 

After leaving TDLR in 2007, Stacey formed her Accessibility Consulting business.  Working in the central Texas area, she primarily focuses on performing plan reviews and inspections in accordance with the Texas Architectural Barriers Act and helps business owners validate ADA and TAS complaints. In 2016, she received her MS in Construction Management from Louisiana State University and spent the following year teaching in the Interior Design department at Texas State University. 

Licensed as a Registered Accessibility Specialist and Registered Interior Designer in Texas, Stacey holds the APA/ADA Specialist designation from the Accessibility Professionals Assn. (APA).  She has participated on APA’s Legislative, Membership, Scholarship and Technical Committees. She is also a member of the International Interior Designers Assn. (IIDA), and the Texas Assn. of Interior Designers (TAID).   

Stacey is currently the Secretary for the LSU Austin Alumni Board of Directors, and is also on the Board of the Women’s Symphony League of Austin planning the 66th Annual Jewel Ball for 2020.  Stacey and her husband Joel have two sons, Emmett (13) and Fox (11). Stacey loves researching genealogy for family and friends and going to music concerts of all genres in her spare time. 
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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
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