Thursday, February 25th, 2021

Free ADA seminar offered to area businesses

Posted: Friday, February 21, 2014

The Chamber of Commerce will hold an American’s Disabilities Act (ADA) Seminar on Tuesday, March 11 at the Habecker Dining Commons on the campus of Huntington University from 7:30 to 9 a.m. The seminar is sponsored by DLZ Architecture, Engineering, Planning, Surveying and Construction Services.

Stephen G. Metzer, AICP, PWS, DLZ’s lead ADA specialist will teach the seminar. Metzer regularly trains both DLZ staff members and clients on methods to perform ADA self-evaluations. DLZ is a Midwest-based Architectural/Engineering firm with roots in the state of Indiana. DLZ’s Indiana offices are located in Fort Wayne, South Bend, Indianapolis, Hammond, Burns Harbor and Evansville.

Businesses planning to renovate buildings or facilitate parking lots so they are ADA compliant will be interested in this seminar. Metzer will discuss ways to save money when designing structures that meet ADA requirements including entryways, restrooms, resealing and restriping parking lots, handicapped parking and more. Businesses are encouraged to plan in advance before they contract with a firm to complete these projects as many businesses have found the work performed was not ADA compliant and had to be redone.

Metzer is well versed in many of the ADA regulations and design guideline requirements and has performed numerous ADA evaluations and authored a number of transition plans for governmental agencies including both the City of Huntington and Huntington County. The DLZ’s Fort Wayne office helped the City of Huntington with their ADA Self-Evaluation Transition Plan development, the citywide sign inventory which utilized Huntington University interns, and is currently designing the City’s Little River Trail.

Metzer will be presenting on ADA requirements for private businesses, ways that businesses may be able to provide reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities without expensive building renovations, and things that businesses may want to change and should consider as priorities to reduce their exposure to potential complaints and possibly lawsuits.

There is no charge to attend and a free full breakfast buffet will be served. Those interested in learning about ADA compliance should respond to the Chamber of Commerce by Friday, March 7 at or call the Chamber office at (260) 356-5300.