Archive for September, 2012

Inspector’s Corner

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

After I sent last month’s newsletter I felt like we all need a break from learning theory and maybe see how it all applies! This newsletter shares with you some interesting violations that I found during inspections this past year.

Inspector’s Corner: Grab bars

The 2010 ADA and 2012 TAS has new requirements for grab bars as they relate to objects mounted above or beneath the grab bar. If a toilet paper dispenser is mounted below the grab bar, there needs to be a 1 1/2″ space between the bottom of the grab bar and the top of the toilet paper dispenser. This is so that a person can hold the grab bar and wrap their hand all the way around the grab bar. In this inspection I noticed that the toilet paper was too close to the grab bar



Inspector’s Corner: level changes

An accessible route is required to be stable, firm and slip resistant. It doesn’t necessarily need to be smooth. You are allowed to have uneven surfaces along the route, but you still have to make sure that the changes in level along the route is no higher than 1/4″, and the gaps between the ground surface should not be wider than 1/2″.

Flagstone is allowed to be used, but I inspected a path with flagstone that was not laid properly and some of the stones were higher than 1/4″ than the adjacent surfaces and the grout joints were wider than 1/2″


Inspector’s Corner: Signage

The 2010 ADA and 2012 TAS both have a new requirement for signage. There needs to be an 18″x18″ clear floor space in front of the signage. This allows a person to stand in front of the sign to read it. At one of my inspections I saw a drinking fountain at the clear floor space. Because this is a new rule, this sign was a safe harbor. In other words, the owner will not have to move the drinking fountain out of the way. But in the future, they will need to design the sign without obstructions.



Inspector’s Corner: Just for fun!

We don’t always have to take ourselves so seriously…..

Here are some funny photos my clients send to me just for fun! Enjoy


Urinals must have a clear floor space in front


Do you think this will work?


Interesting solution!


The toilet paper should be located somewhat within reach range. What do you think?


They get an “A” for effort!


I think this is the parking at “LegoLand” ūüėČ


My friend Jeromy Murphy RAS #489 created this video about slopes. It is really well done and I think you will enjoy it.

Continuing Education Opportunities

September 5th- AIA Dallas Procrastinator’s day

September 12th- CSI’s Construct Show at Phoenix Arizona

November 2- International Facilities Managers Association Convention in San Antonio, Texas

If you want to learn more about the new Standards, The ADA Companion Guide explains the 2004 ADAAG Guidelines  with commentary and explanations throughout.  The 2004 Guidelines were adopted by the DOJ to create the 2010 Standards and by Texas to create the 2012 TAS.  This book explains the technical requirements for both.

 If you have any questions about these or any other topics, please feel free to contact me anytime.
Marcela Abadi Rhoads, RAS #240
Abadi Accessibility
214. 403.8714

Accessibility Alphabet Soup Bibliography and Resources

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Doug Walter, AIA and I are presenting at Construct12 Convention in Phoenix.   As part of our talk we are providing some of our favorite ADA and accessibilty books we have read and recommend.  There are also great websites we have found that we also want to make available:






HUD (Housing & Urban Development)

GSA (General Services Administration)

Veterans Administration



Access by Design, by G.A. & Hannah Covington, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1997.

Accessibility Pocket Book:2009 IBC/ICC ANSI A117.1-2003, by the International Code Council, Inc.

Americans with Disabilities Act and Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Guidelines, July 23, 2004, by the United States Access Board

The ADA Companion Guide : Understanding the 2004 Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Design Guidelines, by Marcela A. Rhoads, 2010

The Disability Studies Reader, by Lennard J. Davis, 2010

Universal Design By Sternfeld and Moisel

Implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act  Edited by Jane West

Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act by Bill D. Goren




Alzheimer’s Association

Arthritis Foundation

American Federation of the Blind

Home Free Home

National Federation for the Blind

American Lung Association

Brain Injury Association of America

National Down  Syndrome Society

Easter Seals

Epilepsy Foundation

March of Dimes

Muscular Dystrophy Association

National Association of the Deaf

National Multiple Sclerosis Society



The US Access Board 

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

The National Organization on Disability

The National Council on Disability

National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)

AHEAD: the Association of Higher Education and Disability,



‚ÄúCriplit‚ÄĚDisability Bibliographies, by AHEAD, Association on Higher Education and Disability,

NLS Accessibility:A Selective Bibliography,