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This full-day training will provide 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 is designed to guide local agencies in their efforts to complete the Self-Evaluations and Transition Plans required under the ADA. This course will provide context for the full implementation of Title II of the ADA but primarily focus 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 will provide attendees with information on the nuts and bolts of accessibility to help improve agency efficiency and influence project planning. The training will also cover the minimum requirements under the law along with recommendations for best practices from the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Dates and Locations

Not currently scheduled.

Topics Covered

  • ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan requirements for city and county governments
  • An introduction to the legal overview of ADA legislation
  • The enforcement of ADA legislation
  • Design and construction requirements
  • Examples of public communication of ADA information

Who Should Attend

This training is designed for city and county engineers, planners, and consultants.

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.

More Information

With questions, please contact Mindy Carlson at carlson@umn.edu or 612-625-1813.

Credit

To the best of our knowledge, this course/activity meets the continuing education requirements for 7.0 PDHs as outlined in Minnesota Statute 326.107. More information concerning continuing education for professionals is available on the Minnesota Board of AELSLAGID website.

Sponsors

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