Beyond the ADA: How to incorporate Universal Design principles in commercial facilities (free)

When:  Apr 11, 2012 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (ET)
Associated with  Universal Design

Earn 1 HSW CEH | 1-2pm ET | 10-11am PT | Register Now at No Cost

This webinar is the first in a three part series sponsored by the Universal Design member-created community on AIA KnowledgeNet.

The ADA Design guidelines have been mandatory for commercial facilities and public buildings since 1991.  But those guidelines are only the minimum requirements for persons with disabilities.  The 7 Principles of Universal Design are more inclusive and could easily be incorporated as well.  This course will delve into the differences between the ADA and Universal Design and how a commercial facility can incorporate both into their spaces.

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Learning Objectives

  1. Learn the basics of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.
  2. Learn the basics of the 7 principles of Universal Design.
  3. Understand how both guidelines affect the environment of the disabled community.
  4. Understand how to incorporate both into designs of commercial facilities.

AIA/CES Reporting

At the conclusion of the webinar, a link to a survey/CES report form will be provided. All attendees at each site will submit one form: 1) page one: webinar survey and 2) page two: CES report form. The survey must be completed within 24 hours of the webinar’s conclusion. AIA members and IDP record holders ( will have their credit recorded within 48 hours of the webinar. All attendees will be prompted to download a certificate of completion at the end of the survey.

Viewing the Presentation Later

Look for the video recording of the webinar on the AIA National YouTube channel. At this time, it will not be available for on-demand CEUs after the live event.


Please send your questions, comments and feedback to:


Marcela Abadi Rhoads, AIA RAS is the owner of Abadi Accessibility, an accessibility consulting firm that is dedicated to educating the building industry about the laws of accessibility.  She received her Bachelor of Architecture in 1991 from the University of Texas in Austin and became a registered architect in 1999 in Texas and a registered accessibility specialist in 2001.  Marcela is sought after by owners and architects across the country who look to her for guidance to understand the accessibility standards throughout the design and construction process.  She assists the building industry, in part, by performing plan reviews and inspection for TAS, producing a monthly newsletter to educate on the best way to apply the standards to their architectural projects, and wrote The ADA Companion Guide published John Wiley and Sons which explains the 2004 ADA Accessibility Guidelines.

Laura Montllor, AIA (Moderator)

Free Related Resources

Download the Seven Principles of Universal Design poster from the Center for Universal Design at NCSU.
Download the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.