The CASp program and certification was created by California Senate Bill 262 to help meet the need for qualified professionals to evaluate accessibility at public accommodations such as retail and hospitality properties.
Drive-by lawsuits tick us off too---
Business owners loose money and change doesn't happen.
But---It's been 25 (+) years since the ADA was passed and there are still architectural barriers preventing equal access.
SO WHAT'S THE SOLUTION?
To meet the needs of both the business owner and the disabled community, California created the Certified Access Specialist program.
A Certified Access Specialist or CASp is someone with specialized knowledge of the state and federal construction-related accessibility standards. A CASp can perform an evaluation of the property for compliance with applicable construction-related accessibility codes and standards.
CASp inspections and reports are voluntary and can offer “qualified defendant” status in the event of a construction-related ADA or accessibility lawsuit. In the event you become a defendant in a construction related accessibility claim against your place of public accommodation, as a “qualified defendant” you may request a court stay and an early evaluation conference. Additionally, statutory damages can be reduced from $4,000 to $1,000 or $2,000 in certain circumstances.
Want to Learn More?
There are two sides of the debate on ADA lawsuits. The videos above just show a small section of the problem today. The CASp program was created to provide a resource that would address this problem. Our goal at LRS...Architecture is to be a bridge between the sides. We want to help businesses avoid these lawsuits while still complying with the law and providing equal access.