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2010 ADA Standards: Exterior Building Blocks

3 Hour Course — Online Video

This course is approved for continuing education for the following states and national associations:


Kentucky Continuing Education

AIA Approved Online Continuing Education for Architects2010 ADA Standards: Exterior Building Blocks


Course Description 

The ADA is one of America’s most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life — to enjoy employment opportunities, to purchase goods and services, and to participate in State and local government programs and services. The 2010 Standards set minimum requirements – both scoping and technical –for newly designed and constructed, or altered State and local government facilities, public  accommodations, and commercial facilities to be readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.

This three hour video course covers the third, fourth and fifth chapters of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design. he material for this course is presented by simple narration and power point video presentation, including on – site, real world video examples in various accessible buildings used by both the public and private sector.


After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Be able recognize what exterior components can, and should comply with ADA standards.

  • Identify the ADA requirements for proper maneuvering space, clearance and accessible routes.

  • Outline at least one design strategy based on ADA standards for the construction of either a public or private building.

  • Summarize the options available to the design or building professional when designing a facility per the requirements of the ADA Standards.


Chapter 3: Building Blocks

Lesson One 301 – 304.4 (25 minutes)

  1. Floor and Ground Surfaces

  2. Changes in Level

  3. Turning Space


Lesson Two 305 – 309 (25 minutes)

  1. Clear Floor or Ground Space

  2. Knee and Toe Clearance

  3. Protruding Objects

  4. Reach Ranges

  5. Operable Parts


Chapter 4: Accessible Routes

Lesson One 401 – 404.2.11 (35 minutes)

  1. General

  2. Accessible Routes

  3. Walking Surfaces

  4. Doors, Doorways, and Gates


Lesson Two 404.3 – 407.4.1 (35 minutes)

  1. Ramps

  2. Curb Ramps

  3. Elevators



Chapter 5: General Site & Building Elements

Lesson One 501 – 505.10.3 (35 minutes)

  1. Parking Spaces

  2. Passenger Loading Zones

  3. Stairways

  4. Handrails


Course instructors will be available by email or telephone between 9am and 5pm Eastern Standard Time. They will assist you with questions regarding course content.

If you have any questions, please call us at 1-800-727-7104 or send an email to Email responses will usually be returned promptly, but guaranteed within one business day.

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