U.S. Access Board Member Karen Braitmayer to Speak at City Hall

What do outdoor areas, passenger vessels, public rights-of-way and shared use paths, transportation vehicles, information and communications technology, self-service transaction machines, emergency transportable housing, medical diagnostic equipment, and classroom acoustics have in common?


Karen Braitmayer, FAIA is a Seattle architect and accessibility and accessible design consultant.

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They are all subjects of recent research and recommendations by the U.S. Access Board—an independent Federal agency that provides leadership in accessible design under the ADA and other laws.   

On Wednesday, October 7, 2015, Seattle architect and accessibility consultant Karen Braitmayer will discuss this work of the U.S. Access Board from 12 noon–1:30 p.m. in the Bertha Knight Landes Room at Seattle City Hall (600 4th Ave, between James & Cherry Streets in downtown Seattle).

The owner of a Seattle architectural consulting firm specializing in accessibility and accessible design, Braitmayer was appointed to the Access Board by President Barack Obama in 2010 and reappointed in 2014. She chaired the Board in 2013.

This presentation is free and open to the public, coordinated by the Northwest Universal Design Council and co-sponsored by the Seattle Commission for People with disAbilities, Seattle City Clerk, Seattle City Council, Seattle Office for Civil Rights, Seattle Human Services Department, and Aging and Disability Services.

The Access Board pre-dates the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, back to passage of the Architectural Barriers Act in 1968. The Board performs research and gathers public input, and then makes accessibility recommendations to Congress and other rulemaking agencies. It has driven changes in ADA guidelines, including state and local government facilities, children's play areas, recreation facilities, telecommunications access, and electronic and information technology, as well as the topics at the top of this article. In addition, the Board provides technical assistance and training. To learn more about the Board's mission and its history, click here.

For more information about the October 7 Braitmayer presentation or to request an accommodation, e-mail info@environmentsforall.org.