My personal interest and top priority for CASI is to lead our industry in the development of a shared-understanding of accessibility requirements. The lack of a shared-understanding has resulted in confusion and bitter arguments throughout our industry, creating a climate of cynicism and distrust.
I belief that CASI is perfectly suited to counter the cynicism and lead our industry to a better understanding of the codes and standards. Within our membership we have a tremendous collection of building officials, architects, contractors, surveyors, and attorneys. The diversity of our backgrounds provides CASI with an internal ‘checks-and-balances’ that serves us well.
I would love to see CASI take the next step, and further develop our role as a player in the code-writing, and code interpretation arena. We are the home of the best experts in the accessibility field. We should be a resource for those struggling to understand accessibility.
There is so much more that I would also like to see CASI develop further, areas such as:
- Code Discussion Groups
- Website Content
- Information distribution
- Legislative Updates
- Industry Standards
- Standards for CASI-CASp Reports
In the interest of brevity, I have included a short bullet point bio below:
- Building Official: 13 years at OSHPD, access compliance plan checking, general code compliance
- Licensed Architect: Experience includes hospitals, schools, low income housing, zoos.
- Field Assessor: Accessibility surveys of medical, prison, and general commercial work.
- Owners Representative: In-house accessibility expert at Sutter Health
I have been working at Sutter Health since March 2014 as their Accessibility Architect, which is essentially the in-house accessibility expert, as we address and respond to a class-action lawsuit. In my role at Sutter, I manage and coordinate the interpretations of about 15 individual CASps that provide 3rd-Party consulting for us.
I have also been appointed to the California Building Standards Commission Healthcare Advisory Committee and the Structural Advisory Committee, as well as participating as an active public citizen at the Accessibility Advisory committee.
Finally, I would like to thank the founders of CASI, and the past board members for having the courage to start this organization, and get it to where it is today. Well done!