Levels of Accessibility Assessments Available:
The Orientation Tour: An abbreviated roll- or walk-through
with a representative of the facility, to point out obvious barriers to
a program or service, followed by a brief written summary. This type
would utilize a brief checklist, e.g. the Existing Facilities
Checklist. This level would not be considered a survey, but would be
used to initially determine if there are issues with a site, or as a
preliminary step to a Basic, Full Detail, or Customized Survey.
B). Basic Facility Survey:
A more thorough survey, often utilizing a checklist
specific to the facility type, such as the "ADA Checklist for New
Lodging Facilities" available from the Department of Justice. This
survey type would
include a summary and report, as well as photographs.
C). Full Detail Facility Survey:
Similar to the Basic, but with a greater level of reporting and
documentation and utilizing an even more detailed assessment tool, such
as the Access Board's (ATBCB) "ADAAG Checklist." This type of survey
always provide a high level of documentation, to include photos and
full narrative, with an accompanying Survey Summary containing the
major issues noted in the assessment. For larger projects, a team
approach is many times necessary to effectively carry out a facility
assessment in a reasonable amount of time.
Eastlake, Derry & Associates has
done more training of other accessibility consultants than
most others in the field. We have developed a network of individuals
who can participate as team members on projects of
huge proportions. Our teams can get the job done on time and our
customers can have great confidence in the accuracy of the
information being reported. We have also developed excellent working
relationships with other consulting and design firms, which provides us
with tremendous partnering capabilities.
Survey: A full detail survey that is designed to meet the
specific needs of a particular customer. For instance, a corporation
that owns several hundred stores or restaurants nationwide would
benefit by having our firm customize a survey tool or checklist
specific to their type of facility or site. A training program,
tailored to the customer, can be
provided so that they can take the customized survey tool and
self-assess their own facilities.
Eastlake, Derry & Associates has subcontracted with
Universal Designers & Consultants, in
Maryland to provide
training and technical assistance to Hertz Rental Car Company, Triad
Hospitals, Bovis Lend/Lease Company, and the Westin Diplomat Resort
and Spa, among others.
When Eastlake, Derry & Associates
assessed the Homewood Campus of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore,
by subcontracting with UD&C who specialize in
electronic databases, we were able to provide survey reports in a
format so our customer could easily integrate information into existing
databases for future accessibility
enhancement opportunities on all the school's projects.