This publication is presented in an easy-to-use format that includes the full text of the A117.1 standard (including tables and figures) followed by the corresponding commentary for each section in a single publication. The commentary and accompanying figures help explain the background and intent of the requirements and suggest the most effective method of application, and potential consequences of not following the provisions of the standard.
The A117.1 standard provides the technical requirements to make sites, facilities, buildings and elements accessible to and usable by people with physical disabilities. The intent of the standard is to allow a person with a physical disability to independently get to, enter, and use a site, facility, building, or element. The commentary helps explain how the provisions of the standard make the elements accessible and is a must have reference for facility professionals, building owners, architects, designers, and code officials that want to stay up to date with the requirements of this Accessibility Standard.
Besides addressing each section of the standard, the 2009 edition of the commentary address the many items that have been revised or added since the 2003 edition. Some of the more important changes include:
- Coordination of requirements for the various types of dwelling units
- Technical requirements for Type C (Visitable) Units added
- Variable Message Signs (i.e., gate information in train stations and airports)
- Better consistency of sign requirements regarding when raised characters and Braille are required
- Location of toilet paper dispenser (more design options, recessed fixtures addressed, single point of measurement, etc.)
- New chapter for a variety of types of recreational facilities
This publication provides an excellent resource for anyone who needs a better understanding of the A117.1-2009 and how the provisions are intended to make buildings and facilities accessible and usable.