Michael Ellars


Michael Ellars, AIA, APX, CSI, CDT, LEED AP, ADAC, CASp

Accessibility Education

This part of the site is still being developed, but in the meantime some links have been provided for convenience.

ADA Education

About the ADA

The ADA is a United States federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities on the basis of those disabilities. It became law in July 1990, making it over 25 years old. Learn more at www.ada.gov.

ADA Implementation and Enforcement

The ADA is implemented through various guidelines and standards. The current standard that covers most public buildings and public accommodations is the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design (“2010 Standards”). In most states and jurisdictions, these standards are enforced through private lawsuits that can force compliance but not offer other financial incentives; however, California is one of only a few states that provides minimum statutory fines for successful plaintiffs, which has resulted in a sort of “cottage industry” of professional accessibility litigants.

ADA Links

The following links will take you to the appropriate page for additional information about various subjects (some on this site, some on external sites).