Here's to your enlightened magazine (I just received my first copy) and Robert Scott's article, “Curbing noncompliance,” (January issue; page 21).
As an architect specializing in accessibility, it gives me hope that civil engineers may finally be getting the idea.
Awareness of the needs of the disabled community is sadly overlooked by public works designers and decision-makers. The civil industry's books of standard public works details are woefully lacking in understanding, as pointed out by Mr. Scott, as to what meets Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines minimums, or “exceeds” them.
Bus shelters and street furniture that block paths of travel, improper running slopes and cross-slopes in sidewalks, improper locations of curb ramps, and sloping pole support wires are just a few barriers encountered daily by those with mobility and sight limitations.
Yet the benefits to all of us, not just those with disabilities (we are all aging and will one day benefit from curb ramps), far outweigh the initial costs — and the improvements are long term.
California has begun to offer the Certified Access Specialist (CASp) designation, and I am looking forward to seeing the benefits as the number of CASps increase.
Again, thank you for having the courage to publish Mr. Scott's article.
— James V. Vitale, AIA, LEED AP, RCI, CASp
Adjunct Professor, Mt. San Antonio College