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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

January 23, 2019 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Finalizing our Committee Agenda for 2019 The Access Committee is looking forward to your plans, ideas, and priorities for 2019! Our January meeting...


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

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.

February 22, 2017 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Please join the BSA Access Committee on Wednesday, February 22 at noon for our regularly-scheduled monthly meeting.  This month, we welcome...
January 19, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

In a 2010 study, the City of Boston found that the number of wheelchair accessible units in the city would accommodate only 1/5 of the 50,000 residents who need them. As the mayor’s office actively pursues an “innovation” agenda in housing, what efforts can be made to address this critical shortfall? Join the BSA Access Committee and local disability advocates, policy makers, and designers for a panel discussion about the potential—and limitations—that the trend toward compact living present for residents of all ages and abilities.

For those who qualify, 2 LUs are available.

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September 28, 2016 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Universal Design for Homes Universal Design is an approach to design that engages the diversity of human ability as a fundamental design parameter....
April 27, 2016 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Construction Monitoring for FHA Compliance A compliant set of construction documents is just the first step toward delivering a compliant building to...
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