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Primary Area of Expertise

ADA Compliance

Expert Witness Profile

Licensed architects and accessibility experts with more than 20 years of experience, Universal Designers & Consultants, Inc. (UD&C) assists large corporations, small businesses and government entities in understanding and complying with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and other accessibility codes and regulations. Clients benefit from our team's well-considered guidance. UD&C understands the complexity of accessibility code compliance and the necessity of evaluating the context of each situation before coming up with solutions. The recommendations we offer our clients are crafted to withstand challenges.

UD&C is able to stay up to date on accessibility trends and the intricacies of code evolution by participating in the International Code Council/American National Standards Institute (ICC/ANSI) A117 Committee and its standards development process. UD&C President John Salmen has been a voting member of the ICC/ANSI A117 Committee for more than two decades and currently serves on the Editorial Committee. In addition, UD&C represented the American Institute of Architects (AIA) on the ADA Accessibility Guidelines Review Federal Advisory Committee that developed the revised Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines adopted by the US Department of Justice as the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.

UD&C has experience evaluating a huge range of indoor, outdoor, new and existing facilities.

Education & Licenses

Bachelor, Architecture, University of Minnesota, College of Architecture
National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB)
Registration American Institute of Architects (AIA)
International Code Council/American National Standards Institute (ICC/ANSI)
Maryland State Architectural License
American Institute of Architects Potomac Valley Chapter, Member
Certified Association Executive (CAE) from the American Society of Association Executives