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Presenter: Kristi Avalos

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Syracuse, NY

Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel
801 University Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: 315-475-3000

This seminar is closed or full.


Due to health and safety concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus, this seminar has been cancelled. The same topic will be presented as a webinar series that will take place over two days, Monday, May 18 and Tuesday, May 19, 2020.
Follow this link for registration: https://www.halfmoonseminars.org/seminars/133486/complying-with-fair-housing-act-accessibility-requirements/online

Fair Housing Act Design Standards Development and Application

   Fair Housing Act overview
   Laws and standards related to accessible design
   ANSI A117.1 (2009) accessibility standards
   Impact of Americans With Disabilities Act standards and building codes
   Covered buildings
   Types of disabilities addressed by guidelines

Accessible Building Entrance on an Accessible Route

   Building sites 
   Public transit and parking
   Accessible exterior routes 
   Accessible entrances
   Buildings with and without elevators

Accessible and Usable Public and Common Use Areas

   Covered public and common use areas
   Exterior public spaces 
   Exterior and interior parking
   Interior common use areas: lobbies, recreational areas, bathrooms, 
      showers and kitchen facilities

Usable Doors and Accessible Interior Routes

   Main entry doors, secondary doors and closet doors
   Accessible routes into and through covered units
   Route widths and floor levels

Accessible Environmental Controls and Grab Bars

   Electrical outlets and controls
   HVAC controls 
   Locations for grab bars
   Reinforcing locations for grab bars

Usable Kitchens and Bathrooms

   Clear floor space at kitchen appliances
   Kitchen, appliances, cabinets, counters and pantries
   Which bathrooms, fixtures must comply?
   Clear bathroom floor space requirements
   Bathroom fixtures, cabinets and grab bars

Case Studies of Compliant (and Non-compliant) Designs

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

     7.0 HSW Continuing Ed. Hours
     7.0 AIA LU|HSW

Professional Engineers
     7.0 Continuing Ed. Hours

International Code Council
     .7 CEUs (Accessibility)

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers up to 7.0 HSW continuing education hours to architects and 7.0 continuing education hours to professional engineers in all states.

HalfMoon Education is deemed a New York-approved continuing education provider for engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)).

This event is approved by the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System for 7.0 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org to view complete AIA information under this course listing. Only full attendance is reportable to the AIA/CES.

The International Code Council has approved this course for .7 CEUs in specialty area of Accessibility (Preferred Provider No. 1232).

This event offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors. It has not been approved by any state with a continuing education requirement for contractors.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Kristi Avalos

President and CEO of Accessology Too, LLC

Ms. Avalos is president and CEO of Accessology Too, LLC, a firm dedicated to providing consulting services to building owners, architects, municipalities and company owners regarding compliance with state and federal disability laws. Ms. Avalos founded Accessology in 1990 after 12 years in the airline industry, where she played a crucial role in ensuring industry compliance with the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA). Since then, Accessology has grown to provide not only state plan reviews and inspections, but also national and international consulting services. Considered a true expert in her field, Ms. Avalos is also a sought-after witness for ADA/ACAA legal cases and has been named on more than 40 cases nationwide. Recognizing the value of educating others on the importance of removing attitudinal and architectural barriers, she proudly offers training on both federal and state accessibility standards throughout the US.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $299.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $299.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $279.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.

AIA Info:

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES (cesupport@aia.org or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Complying with Fair Housing Act Accessibility Requirements

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: This seven-hour live lecture presentation thoroughly examines accessibility requirements for multi-family buildings under the Fair Housing Act.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to comply with Fair Housing Act (FHA) accessibility requirements for building entrances and routes to entrances.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to comply with FHA requirements for usable public and common areas, including covered public and common use areas, parking, lobbies, recreational areas, bathrooms, showers, and kitchens.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to comply with FHA requirements for usable doors, including primary, secondary, interior and closet doors

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to comply with FHA requirements for light switches, electrical outlets, thermostats, and other environmental controls in accessible locations.

Learning Objective 5:
Learners will be able to comply with FHA requirements for reinforced grab bars, usable kitchens and usable bathrooms.

LUs: 7.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with design, construction, and code compliance

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 01/27/2023

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to doug@halfmoonseminars.org or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.