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        October 2018 - Volume 5, Issue 4      
Trends in Healthcare: Patient Check-in Kiosks

Image of patient check-in kiosk“Trends in Healthcare” is a recurring series that focuses on exciting new designs and technologies we’re seeing in healthcare projects and provides best practices on how to ensure that these latest trends are accessible to persons with disabilities. We build on the wealth of knowledge we gain from working with healthcare design teams, construction crews, and practitioners to provide practical solutions for achieving accessible healthcare environments. Our first installment focuses on Patient Check-in Kiosks.

Tech Notes: Meeting the Accessible Criteria for Horizontal Exit Doors

Image - fire door clearance standardsGetting out of a building during a smoke or fire event can be traumatic for anyone. But, just imagine how traumatic it can be for a person who uses an assistive device, such as a wheelchair? If proper maneuvering clearance is not provided at doorways, then a person can become trapped. In this edition of Tech Notes, we examine code requirements for accessible horizontal exit doors.

Leading the Industry Forward: Recent Accessibility Presentations

Being visionary is what we do best here at SWA. One of the ways we lead the industry forward is by sharing our expertise. Recently, Peter Stratton, Senior VP and Managing Director of Accessibility Services and Mark Jackson, Accessibility Consulting Director did just that by presenting on accessibility related topics in Washington, DC and in New York City.
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Karen Kim joins the Accessibility Team!

Image - Karen KimKaren Kim holds a MArch and MS in Engineering from the University at Buffalo (UB), focused respectively on inclusive design and ergonomics. During her graduate study of architecture, she worked as a part-time researcher at the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access and moved to full time upon graduation from 2014-2016. Her Master’s thesis work in architecture investigated the influences of contemporary design of stairways on safety, which led her to produce an expert witness report for a stairway fall case in 2017. In addition to stairway research, Karen was responsible for designing a new wayfinding system for a senior center, investigating the impact of home adaptations on people with disabilities, and assisting in accessibility assessment projects. After two years, she returned to UB and obtained a MS degree in engineering. During this time, she worked as a part-time researcher at the Department of Industrial Engineering from fall 2016-spring 2017 on projects including autonomous vehicle design for people with disabilities and healthcare management. SWA is excited to welcome Karen as the newest member of our Accessibility Team!
 

 
SWA's Peter Stratton sharing the stage with Kathleen Leichleiter at DesignDC 2018, sharing their experience designing scattered site accessible homes for the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC).

 Mark Jackson at recent ADA presentation
Mark Jackson, Accessibility Consulting Director, along with Joseph Lockinger and Andrew Singer of Tannenbaum, Helpern, Syracuse, & Hirschtritt, LLP at a recent ADA panel in NYC.

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