Author Archives: Dwight Ashdown

About Dwight Ashdown

The website is authored by Ashdown Architecture, Inc., a California Architectural firm and Certified Access Specialist (CASp) #112 All content is copyrighted by Ashdown Architecture and may not be used without the written consent of Ashdown Architecture, Inc.

Moralez vs. Whole Foods – dismissal

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Walk-off Mats

The Access Board’s web site indicates that there is no specific requirement for edge fastening walk-off mats per carpet requirements.  They provide the following recommendation under 4.5.3: Recommendation: ADAAG does not contain provisions for carpet that is not permanently fixed, … Continue reading

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Lodi’s Pizza Works closes due to ADA Lawsuit

In business for 34 years, the Lodi Pizza Works closes due to ADA lawsuit.

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Service Station Refueling for Individuals with Disabilities

It’s interesting that the California Business and Professions Code, Section 13650-13660, exempts service stations from providing fueling assistance for disabled individuals – when, “Only one employee is on duty.”

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Chris Downey / Sanjay Gupta / CNN

A brief news clip on CNN by Sanjay Gupta about my great friend, Chris Downey. Chris is a remarkable architect who lost his vision in 2008 and subsequently remade his life and profession as an architect working on projects for … Continue reading

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Detectable Warnings

Detectable warnings don’t have to be yellow – but must contrast visually with the adjacent street, gutter or sidewalk.

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Kurt Franklin – ADA Attorney

Hanson Bridgett LLP 425 Market Street, 26th Floor San Francisco, CA 94105 (415) 777-3200

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General Order 56 Inspection

Procedures for filing a disability access complaint and joint inspection of premises by plaintiff, defendant and expert witnesses. General Order 56

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California ADA Signs

Excellent source for ADA signs in California –

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Powered Door Actuator

The San Francisco Building Department allows powered door actuators to be used in lieu of level landings at doors.  When power door actuators are provided, there must be 2 sets – inside and outside the door.  There must also be … Continue reading

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