When owners engage architects and accessibility consultants to design their projects, they naturally expect good design, but they must also be sure the design provides all users with the practical ability to use and enjoy the end result. Civil rights acts such as the ADA and Fair Housing Act were enacted to provide certain protected classes equal protection with regard to housing and places of public accommodation. Neglecting to correctly identify the applicability of such accessibility codes to a project can result in claims being brought against an owner that can result in substantial penalties. In an article for the Journal of Commerce of Canada, we look at several steps project owners can take to avoid such claims.  Read the full article here.

Originally published as “Industry Perspectives Op-Ed: An owner’s guide to accessibility claims in Washington” by Journal of Commerce (of Canada), Feb. 11, 2020.