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Accessible Design and Building Standards

The California Building Code Title 24 (CBC) regulations and 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design (2010 ADA Standards) contain the scoping and technical requirements for providing accessibility to sites, facilities, buildings and elements by individuals with disabilities. Stay current with the latest information and resources on school facility accessible design and construction standards.

Printed materials

2016 California Access Compliance Advisory Reference Manual (effective July 1, 2018) –This version of the Access Manual includes the full text of the 2016 CBC Chapter 11B and other relevant accessibility standards as updated during the 2017-18 Intervening Code Cycle.  Helpful advisory and explanatory comments from the CA Division of State Architect and the U.S. Department of Justice are also incorporated.

2016 CBC Accessibility Advisory Manual

A Project Manager’s Guide to Accessible School Parking Areas and Entrances (August 2017) - This new online training program is a comprehensive educational tool designed for school district Facilities project managers and staff responsible for providing school campuses which are consistent with the accessibility building standards.  With interactive features, loads of real world examples, graphic demonstrations and relevant resource documents at your fingertips, this is a visual reference guide that you can come back to again and again. 

Project Manager’s Guide program

Accessibility Considerations for 2018 California AB 2009 – Purchasing and Installing Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Wall Cabinets in Schools - Brief 2016 CBC accessibility compliance review of wall cabinet types, operable parts and installation.

Accessibility Considerations for 2018 California AB 2009 (pdf)​

Accessibility Considerations for 2018 California AB 10 – Purchasing and Installing Feminine Hygiene Product Dispensers in Public School Restrooms - Brief 2016 CBC accessibility compliance review of dispenser operable parts and installation.

Accessibility Considerations for 2018 California AB 10 (pdf)​ 

California law establishes all-gender restroom signage requirements (March 2017) – This Risk Review article discusses the new state law, regulations and DSA Bulletin 17-01 regarding new requirements for the use of gender-neutral signage in all new construction and existing single-user, gender-specific restrooms in school and district facilities. 

All-gender restroom signage requirements article (pdf)

DSA IR 11B-10 - This California Divsion of State Architect Interpretation of Regulations document provides important clarification and guidance on the existing requirements and associated costs on certain projects to upgrade accessible paths of travel outside the defined project work area.

PDF DocumentDSA IR 11B-10

2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design - Full text of the updated federal accessibility building standards in a screen or print version. This includes scoping and technical requirements for new construction and alteration projects for all schools and district facilities.

2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design

Accessible Schools webinar program (December 2011) – This presentation from the U.S. Access Board and Great Lakes ADA Center provides a broad overview of several of the new important provisions for schools in the 2010 ADA Standards.

PDF DocumentAccessible Schools webinar program (pdf)