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A117.1 Accessibility Standard By  D Hallmark

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10/3/2011 6:39:33 PM

The A117.1 Accessibility Standard celebrates its 50th Anniversary this month. Do you have a story to share about how you've seen it improve lives?

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A117.1 Accessibility Standard By  ICC-Kyle Volenik

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10/7/2011 11:39:50 AM

 Posted by D Hallmark

The A117.1 Accessibility Standard celebrates its 50th Anniversary this month. Do you have a story to share about how you've seen it improve lives?

Dianna is with ICC staff, and we want users to share their stories about how A117.1 standard has maybe helped someone you, helped your profession or any other kind of story associated with the standard.


Thanks to all those who share, and look forward to reading some stories.

Kyle Volenik
ICC Web Content Editor
Chicago District Office
kvolenik@iccsafe.org
888-422-7233 ext 4377

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A117.1 Accessibility Standard By  Jean Tessmer

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10/10/2011 2:12:24 PM

I have been on a mission to find out where the UFAS and ADA standards came from.  In seminar after seminar, there were the same questions; why aren’t there tolerances; why can’t a person in a wheelchair overcome a cross slope that is more than 2.0%; where did the ramp slopes come from; who determined the maximum?  

My quest was answered by turning the front of the the UFAS and ADA standard.  It all started at the University of Illinois campus by a man named Dr. Timothy Nugent.  A WWII veteran who wanted to see disabled vets integrated back into society.  Their disabilities ranged from blindness, deafness, amputees, paraplegia, and quadriplegia.   He wanted to install ramps on campus and make numerous accommodating provisions around 1950’s.  Because of concerns regarding the safety he was required to provide proof of their reliability.  Thus came about 20 years of research and the first “Barrier Free Standard” (phrase coined by Nugent) in October 1961.

In addition to the standard, Nugent started the first national wheel chair basketball association “In April of 1949, a group of University of Illinois students, working under the inspired and tireless efforts of Tim Nugent, Director of Rehabilitation, formed the first National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament. That was the beginning of the sport as we know it today. The National Association, its 22 conferences and 165 teams are all directly related to the original plan made by the organizing group of disabled students under Tim's guidance. Tim continued to serve as Technical Advisor and Commissioner of the Association for 25 years, leading it through many stages of growth and development, until his retirement in 1973.”  (Quote from the NWBA website).

You will find after reading the research papers that one of the primary actions it focuses on is forces.  Forces to overcome; slopes, textures, transitions, or to open doors, push handles, turn knobs, pull on grab bars or handrails, for stability and so on.... 

The research is a set of minimum criterion, to apply to the final placement of constructed sites.  As a designer and contractor, I am aware that I need to provide some tolerances that accommodate workmanship and materials, for a successful outcome.  I use the original research methods of measurements from the archived documents to apply accessible design.   I am grateful for the tremendous amount of work done by Dr. Nugent, researchers and disabled individuals who participated in its early development.   It is the truest source for developing buildable designs, specifications and evaluations.  They answered all my questions about accessible design.

 

 

 

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   Edited By Jean Tessmer at 10/11/2011 4:11:05 PM.

A117.1 Accessibility Standard By  Uncle Bob

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10/12/2011 10:16:42 AM

 Posted by D Hallmark

The A117.1 Accessibility Standard celebrates its 50th Anniversary this month. Do you have a story to share about how you've seen it improve lives?

Dianna,

I don't have a specific story; but, I see daily, how A117.1 improves the lives of people with diverse handicaps.  I suppose my not having a special story; is because I see people with handicaps having more accessibility everywhere I go.  Because of the A117.1 requirements; in hotels, motels, office buildings, retail stores, restuarants, etc. accessibility is not a one story event; but, has become common place.  And, that is the best tribute to 50 years of contributions I can think of.

Uncle Bob

Retired Texas Combination Inspector. Location Oklahoma.

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   Edited By Uncle Bob at 10/12/2011 10:19:39 AM.

A117.1 Accessibility Standard By  Jean Tessmer

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10/13/2011 1:22:05 PM

Dianna,

Can you tie the press release to this blog site.  I think there would be more comments of others knew about it in relation to the ANSI A117.1  thank you

 

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A117.1 Accessibility Standard By  D Hallmark

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10/19/2011 5:28:16 PM

Thanks for the suggestion.

Readers can learn more about the 50th Anniversary of the A117.1 Standard by viewing the news release here: http://www.iccsafe.org/newsroom/Pages/announcements.aspx

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A117.1 Accessibility Standard By  Jean Tessmer

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10/21/2011 1:38:30 PM

ANSI A117.1 became the vehicle to prove there were architectural barriers for the Disability Rights Movement. 

The primary goal was to provide the means to participate independently.  Accurate accessible design and construction provides the infrasture for employment and ability to participate at buildings and facilities open to the public.  The original research for disability ergonomics still rings true 50 years later.  

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A117.1 Accessibility Standard By  Jean Tessmer

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10/21/2011 1:45:45 PM

One other item of interest is that Tim Nugent wanted the 1961 Standard to be a part of the building code instead of a civil rights law. 

It is helpful to remember that the ADA is based on the ANSI A117.1.  And the newer ADA has been more closely aligned with the ANSI.  The ICC has the original research methods of measurements for the ANSI so you can definitively measure its effectiveness.  There is a light at the end of this tunnel for everyone.  

Take adantage of the ICC ANSI historical research resource and learn more about how to apply the standard to yeild compliance.

 

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   Edited By Jean Tessmer at 10/21/2011 1:51:16 PM.

A117.1 Accessibility Standard By  Jean Tessmer

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10/21/2011 5:01:57 PM

Dianna, Is it ok to ask others questions about the ANSI A117.1 on this discussion forum?

 

Jean T.

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A117.1 Accessibility Standard By  Eric Hawkins

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12/30/2011 12:59:48 AM

Years ago I performed an inspection of a large strip shopping center in Northeast Philadelphia where the property owner was seeking a bank loan for renovations.  The bank required an inspection to assess code issues relative to the renovations.  During my inspection I noted there was an excess amount of handicapped parking spaces beyond what the code required.  In reviewing the proposed work in the parking lot I noted the plans called for 70 new handicapped parking spaces even though the center already exceeded the required amount. 

When I questioned the project manager about the number of handicapped parking spaces, he simply asked how many of the spaces were used - my answer was almost all.  And I had already checked to see if they were being used by nonhandicapped drivers - the spaces were all being properly used.  He then said the owner had done a market study and found the center had become a destination point because of its accessibilty.  The average return on handicapped spaces was far higher than for regular parking spaces, those seeking accessible facilities found all their needs were met here which encouraged multiple store visits.  The new spaces were simply needed to meet the already existing demand.

Opportunities are where you make them, a lesson learned over again.

 

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A117.1 Accessibility Standard By  Frank

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12/30/2011 8:11:30 AM

I have observed that when the church becomes more accessible through additions and renovations you see alot more of the frail elderly at Mass than were there before the ramps etc were installed.

The ramps and door clearances are also a great boon when shopping with a small child in a stroller. 

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