ADA-Compliant Design Is Paving the Way for Accessible Design

Think of the 1990s, and visions of neon colors, scrunchies, and blow-up furniture might come to mind. But 1990 also brought us one of the most significant and impactful laws affecting design: the Americans With Disabilities Act, more commonly known as ADA.

Although it was more broadly a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability, it also transformed the way buildings were designed across the United States, requiring equal access for those with disabilities to public spaces, transportation, commercial buildings, and places of recreation and respite, like restaurants, hotels, and schools.

In residential design, it had a lasting impact on kitchens and bathrooms in particular, which had notoriously been spaces that were hard to navigate for people with a range of disabilities. For someone in a wheelchair, for example, upper cabinets in a kitchen are often out of reach, and to someone with visual impairments, the lighting and

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Rare hotel featuring inclusive design opens in Amherst | Local News

Uniland in 2018 won $1.15 million in incentives from the Amherst Industrial Development Agency by arguing the project qualified as a tourism destination. The developer later bought the property from the town.

Uniland from the beginning set out to design a hotel that could better accommodate sled-hockey players and other athletes with disabilities.

Universal, or inclusive, design is different than accessible design, said Levine of UB’s IDEA Center. Accessibility is a minimum standard and can be an afterthought in the design process.

The standard also usually centers on people with mobility or vision impairment and doesn’t address the needs of people with, for example, cognitive disabilities, colorblindness, chemical sensitivity, she said.

“Accessibility is not good enough and as designers we need to go beyond that,” Levine said.

There are no standard Hampton rooms in the hotel at 1601 Amherst Manor Drive. Seven of the 107 rooms are fully accessible, as

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Fire spreads quickly through mobile home in Vancouver

Firefighters rescued a cat from a mobile home fire Tuesday in Vancouver’s North Image neighborhood.

Vancouver Fire Department crews were dispatched at 9:49 a.m. to Sky Ridge Estates mobile home park, 13217 N.E. 59th St., for a report of a residential fire.

While en route to the fire, dispatchers relayed that a witness reported someone had entered the home and not exited, Vancouver Fire Department spokesman Joe Spatz said.

The first arriving crew found a mobile home with smoke and flames visible on the inside and outside; thick, black smoke was pouring from the building and flames were spreading to a nearby tree, Spatz said.

Firefighters doused the spreading flames from outside of the home before another crew went inside and extinguished the interior fire, according to the fire department.

No one was found inside the home, but firefighters rescued a cat and reunited it with its owner. It is

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The Best Audiophile Speakers for Your Home Audio System

Speakers are one of the bedrocks of any audio or home theater system, but that’s especially true if you’re building one that’ll last you years (or even forever).

The word “audiophile” is thrown around a lot, but the speakers in this guide have earned that title based on a couple of core tenants: the first is that they offer incredible performance due to their structural design, engineering, and materials. Second, they must have unique attributes that help them stand out among other speakers in their class. The use of proprietary custom technology also ensures you won’t find another pair of speakers quite like the selections below.

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We’ve made sure to select speakers that span the full spectrum of prices. Yes, the gear here is expensive, but in many cases the entry-level speaker in a company’s high-end audio line has inherited features and design tweaks informed by

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