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Buildings should be accessible to every human being. The Access Committee advocates for equity and socially sustainable, universal design. We work hard to ensure building regulations and codes maximize accessibility.

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Committee Chairs
Josh Safdie AIA /
Emmanuel Andrade /
The Access Committee is part of the Advocacy Commission.

Upcoming Events

September 26, 2018 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
The aUPA Project: Tactical Urbanism for Young Children Please join the Access Committee on Wednesday, September 26, as we welcome Veronica Mansilla,...


Share your feedback on the Proposed Changes to 521 CMR Based on numerous requests at our March meeting, the BSA Access...
Co-chairs Emmanuel Andrade and Josh Safdie are actively reaching out to past and current BSA members with an interest in...
The Access Committee has two exciting opportunities this fall, but time and  location varies from our usual.  Mark...
The Access Image Library is a collection of peer-reviewed best practices images. Through the link below, projects with...

Past Events

June 27, 2018 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
A Conversation about Ethics Tom Parks AIA, the chair of the BSA Ethics Committee, will join our next meeting to share his committee’s recent...
May 23, 2018 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Understanding How the Proposed Changes to 521 CMR May Impact Landscape Architecture In collaboration with the Boston Society of Landscape Architects...
February 22, 2018 | 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Calming the Sensory Storm:  Sensory-Integrated Design within the Built Environment Laura Shrestha, M.Arch., will present her thesis work from...
January 24, 2018 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Learning Not to Walk with Todd Hanson AIA and Anne Weidman Todd Hanson AIA shares his experiences when a rare neuromuscular disease took...
September 27, 2017 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Accessibility Compliance: “Pro Tips” from the DCAMM Statewide Accessibility Initiative

Join Emmanuel Andrade, co-chair of the Access Committee and Project Manager at DCAMM’s Statewide Accessibility Initiative, for a presentation on critical but often misunderstood issues in accessibility compliance for public projects. During this 60-minute session, Emmanuel will:

  • Clarify some of the most common myths about accessibility compliance
  • Discuss elements that are often overlooked during design and construction
  • Bring forward code requirements that are "hidden" in 521 CMR, including the definition of building
  • Compare parallel requirements of 521 CMR and the ADA to help understand which are more stringent, and therefore binding
  • Provide tips on how to apply for a successful variance with the MAAB

Please invite your colleagues and consultants! Lunch will be provided, but please RSVP in advance.

For those who qualify, 1 LU/HSW is available.

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