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Access: Institute for Human Centered Design's Accessibility in Multifamily Housing in Massachusetts—Part 1: Scoping

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    1.5 LU/HSW AIA credits available

Accessibility in Multi-family Housing in Massachusetts:

If you are confused about accessibility requirements in multi-family housing in Massachusetts you are not alone. This topic is one of our most frequent inquiries. Several laws apply to multi-family housing including the regulations of the Mass Architectural Access Board, the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, the federal Fair Housing Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, which applies when a project receives federal funds.

This session will address scoping requirements: Under what circumstances accessibility is required in new construction and alterations, how many units need to be Group 1, Group 2A, ADA mobility accessible, Section 504/UFAS accessible and how many need to be communication accessible for people who are deaf. We will address the role of each agency in enforcement of the regulations and the MAAB variance procedure.