Improving the Accessibility of Buildings for People with Disabilities
We’ve touched on the codes, standards and laws relating to accessibility. If you still have questions or need more information, this page will provide you with additional resources. To go back and review what we’ve covered so far, click on the related topic:
- What is the International Building Code?
- What is the ICC/ANSI A117.1 Standard?
- Why use the IBC for accessibility?
- The International Code Council and new technologies
- Federal laws related to accessibility
- How does the IBC work with the ADA?
- How does the IBC work with the FHA?
- Additional Resources from the International Code Council
Additional Resources from the International Code Council
The International Code Council offers a variety of building safety and fire prevention products and services related to accessibility. The organization publishes codes and standards, provides plan review services, certification and training, as well as other support services. Many of these products and services address accessibility issues.
The International Code Council’s award-winning magazine, the Building Safety Journal, includes accessibility-related articles.
- The United States Access Board. This article, written by Kimberly Paarlberg, originally appeared in the June 2008 issue of Building Safety Journal.
- Accessible Single-Occupant Bathrooms. This article, written by Kimberly
Paarlberg, originally appeared in the January/February 2008 issue of Building Safety Journal.
- Accessibility of Sinks within Work Areas. This article, written by Jay
Woodward, originally appeared in the June 2007 issue of Building Safety Journal.
- Spotlight on Theater Accessibility. This article, written by Bob Conner and
Kimberly Paarlberg, originally appeared in the June 2007 issue of Building Safety Journal.
- Accessible Features of New Stadiums. This article, written by Dominic
Marinelli, originally appeared in the June 2007 issue of Building Safety Journal.
The ICC Store carries a variety of publications related to accessibility, including codes, standards and code commentaries. International Code Commentaries include additional information on the history, development and reasons behind the requirements in the code. Commentaries also include all code text. Many of these products are available in multiple formats.
As part of its Plan Review program, the International Code Council offers plan review services for building accessibility. Staff reviews plans of the submitted building for compliance with accessibility requirements in the IBC and the technical requirements in the ICC/ANSI A117.1. Fees are based on the size of building, use and type of construction.
Certification is a significant professional accomplishment. Many local governments require International Code Council certification as a criterion for employment. The International Code Council offers a variety of certification tests for inspectors, plans examiners, code officials and support staff, including Accessibility Inspector/Plans Examiner certification. Information on International Code Council Certifications, can be found here. Information on Accessibility Inspector/Plans Examiner Certification, can be found here.
The International Code Council offers a range of educational opportunities for professionals, in multiple formats, including on-line courses, training institutes, on-site instructor courses, telephone seminars, and more. Several classes deal with accessibility issues in the codes.
- ICC Campus Online. Visit our on-line campus. Select the online catalog button and search for accessibility to see related courses.
- ICC Institutes. Find out about upcoming professional Institutes.
- Information on Training. Get information about the types of training available.
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