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This full-day training, offered in nine locations across Minnesota in December 2017, provided attendees with an understanding of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Our built environment is continually evolving, and the ADA is a critical piece of the puzzle. Since 1992, our buildings, roadways, and pavements have been required to be accessible.

This course was designed to guide local agencies in their efforts to complete the Self-Evaluations and Transition Plans required under the ADA. This course provided context for the full implementation of Title II of the ADA but primarily focused on the responsibility of local agencies to build and maintain accessible pedestrian infrastructure (sidewalks, curb ramps, signals, etc.).

With additional content covering ADA design and construction, the training provided information on the nuts and bolts of accessibility to help improve agency efficiency and influence project planning. The training also covered the minimum requirements under the law along with recommendations for best practices from the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Workshop Materials

The following materials are from the December 18, 2017, session of this course, which was held in St. Paul, MN.

Section 1: The Importance of ADA

Section 2: ADA Design Overview

Section 3: Self-Evaluations and Transition Plans

Section 4: Standard Plans for Design

Section 5: Construction Considerations

Section 6: Communication Tools

Section 7: ADA Enforcement

Supplemental ADA Resources

Instructors

Ann Johnson, P.E., is the president of Professional Engineering Services, a company that provides construction inspection and materials testing services. She also develops curriculum and teaches courses for Minnesota LTAP, the Airport Technical Assistance Program, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation. She served as the director of the Construction Management degree program at the University of Minnesota from 2000-2015, seeing it through its accreditation by ACCE. She continues to teach CADD, highway design, and surveying in the University's civil engineering department. She holds a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Platteville and an M.S. in civil engineering with a pavement emphasis from the University of Minnesota.

Brady Rutman has been an engineering in SRF Consulting Group's municipal engineering team for four years. Brady’s professional experience began with the design and inspection of regional trails and has recently focused on site-based plan production and coordination of a wide range of public and private projects. In addition, Brady’s experience includes the preparation and presentation of training on the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and consultation with public agencies on ADA Self-Evaluations and Transition Plans. Brady has been certified as an accessibility specialist by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. He holds master’s degrees in civil engineering and landscape architecture from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College.

Sponsors

This training is sponsored by the Minnesota Local Road Research Board, Minnesota Department of Transportation, and Minnesota LTAP.