Friday, July 10, 2009

Inaccessible : Violations of the ADA

Join us on Wednesday, July 29 for a moderated panel discussion on the misinterpretations, violations and misapplications of the ADA in the built environment. The program will be followed by a wine and cheese reception and informal networking.

Bonnie Blake-Drucker, AIA


Kevin Knestrick, Lawyer for Disability Rights Advocates (DRA)

Kevin Knestrick joined Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) as a Disability Rights Advocates Fellow in 2003 and is currently a Senior Staff Attorney. Mr. Knestrick practices in all areas of disability discrimination, enforcing civil rights through class action litigation in state and federal courts in the areas of public accommodations, public entities and employment. He received his law degree from U.C. Hastings College of Law in 2003 and his B.A. from Stanford University, American Studies in 1996. Mr. Knestrick is admitted to practice in all California Courts, the U.S. District Court of California (Northern, Central, Eastern and Southern Districts) and the U.S. Court of Appeals (Ninth Circuit).

Susan Henderson, Executive Director, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc. (DREDF)

Susan Henderson, Executive Director, has been with Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc. (DREDF), since 1997. At DREDF her work includes direction of the Children and Family Advocacy and the Media & Disability Programs. In 2006, she helped start DREDF's Foster Youth Resources for Education (FYRE) project to heighten awareness and protect the rights of children with disabilities in the child welfare system. Ms. Henderson has worked in non-profit and law firm management and finance for 20 years. She serves on the board of the Ed Roberts Campus, a collective of seven non-profit agencies in the disability community that are collaborating on the construction of a universally-designed building in Berkeley, CA. She serves on the board of Community Resources for Science, an agency dedicated to strengthening science education in elementary schools. Ms. Henderson received her undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the University of California at Davis. She holds an MBA degree from the California State University, Hayward.

Christine Calabrese, Assoc. AIA - City of Oakland, ADA Coordinator. Christine plays a unique role as an access compliance specialist, applying her architectural design and project management skills to the implementation of disability civil rights laws. Ms. Calabrese started her career in 1985 after earning a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from SUNY Buffalo. She has spent the last twelve years working as the City of Oakland ADA Coordinator, participating in every aspect of local government and ensuring that city programs and facilities are accessible to people with disabilities.

Dawn Anderson, AIADawn Anderson, AIA, CSI, is a registered architect, a California access specialist, and OSHPD / ICC certified inspector with 30 years of contract document production, quality assurance, and construction administration experience. She teaches building code courses at San Mateo College and Advanced Plans Reading seminars for CSI Santa Clara Valley chapter. Her firm, As It Stands, provides quality assurance and peer review services, code research and appeals, and construction inspection for large hospitals and other institutional and commercial projects. Accessibility surveys, reports, as-built documentation, property certifications, and expert witness services are provided for clients desiring to correct existing non-compliant conditions.


Monthly Program: Inaccessible - Violations of the ADA

A panel discussion of misinterpretations, violations, and misapplications of the ADA in the built environment.

Time: 5:30pm

Location: AIA East Bay Chapter Office, 1405 Clay Street, Oakland.

Contact: 510/464-3600

Cost: $15 for AIA East Bay chapter members; $30 for non-members

Registration is Required. Click here to register.


For more information: 510/464-3600

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