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Understanding ADA: A Guide for Small Developers

We recently had the pleasure of presenting some of our latest research on the Americans with Disabilities Act at CNU in Seattle. The ADA is an important part of our built environment, and we firmly believe that architecture and public spaces should be accessible for everyone. Sometimes, however, the ADA requirements can be financially onerous on small developers of buildings built before the ADA was law.

Since we often work with small businesses and existing buildings, we did some research into the ADA to better understand what is and isn’t required for existing buildings undergoing alterations. The presentation covers general explanations of the ADA and then takes a deep dive into the 20% rule regarding disproportionate costs.

We also want to call special attention to some ADA related tax incentives we discovered in the process:

We hope you find our research as helpful as we have found it!


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