U.S. Access Board: Karen Braitmayer, FAIA Elected Board Chair

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The Board unanimously elected Karen L. Braitmayer, FAIA as its new Chair on March 13. Braitmayer is a registered architect and principal with Karen Braitmayer, FAIA in Seattle, an architectural consulting firm specializing in accessibility and accessible design that she co-founded 20 years ago. She regularly advises state agencies, local governments, school districts, other architects, and home builders and owners on accessibility under various laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act, and on compliance with state codes in housing, commercial, retail, institutional and educational projects. President Obama appointed Braitmayer to the Board in September 2010.

Braitmayer succeeds Susan Brita of the General Services Administration who was elected Vice Chair. Board officers serve for a term of one year.

The Board is structured to function as a coordinating body among Federal agencies and to directly represent the public, particularly people with disabilities. Half of its members are representatives from most of the Federal departments. The other half is comprised of members of the public appointed by the President.



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Michele Ohmes

thumbnail image Michele S. Ohmes is an Americans with Disabilities Act specialist and wheelchair user who works with public works departments, facility managers, and contractors. Her design manual — ADA and Accessibility: Let's Get Practical — is available on CD-ROM through the American Public Works Association's Web site. Author's note: Michele & Associates does not render legal advice and has no enforcement authority regarding the ADA or other federal disability-rights legislation.