Creating Accessible Communities - Newton

Date: 6/13/2024 8:30 AM - 6/13/2024 2:30 PM

Location: Mt. Ida Campus
Campus Center Auditorium
100 Carlson Ave
Newton, Massachusetts




Course Description:
Communities across the country are making improvement to their road network to provide safe access for all people who need to use them including pedestrians and bicyclists. Often overlooked in these complete streets initiatives is the most vulnerable group, pedestrians with disabilities. There are many different types of pedestrians with disabilities. Some may be blind or have low vision, deaf or hard of hearing, use walkers, crutches, or wheelchairs. When improvements to our communities are planned, we need to look at the entire picture of our roadways to provide access to all.
This workshop will assist local governments and their consultants with an understanding of the basic minimum requirements for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act to ensure our roadways’ pedestrian network is accessible for pedestrians with disabilities and provide safe access for other road users. These requirements apply to all state and local governments regardless of their size. The workshop will include a brief overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Federal civil rights responsibilities of the public roadway owners, specific Massachusetts requirements, and the 2023 Public Right of Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG) requirements for the pedestrian networks along our roads.
The following topics will be covered in this workshop:
• Laws and Regulations and local government responsibilities
• The standards, policies, and guidelines for accessible public streets
• Common complete streets conflicts with ADA and pedestrian
• Basic design criteria for accessible public streets including:
• Sidewalks
• Street Crossings
• Curb Ramps
• Pedestrian signals
• On street Parking

The workshop will include group exercises.
Learning outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to:
• Identify applicable laws, regulations, guidelines and standards pertaining to accessibility.
• Identify some of the challenges in the public right-of-way faced by persons with disabilities.
• Identify best practices for the design of accessible pedestrian facilities for accessibility within your communities.

Accommodations for Disabilities: UMTC endeavors to provide an inclusive learning environment for all. If you require special services or arrangements to fully participate in this workshop, please email Stephanie Cottrell or call 413-800-2655 at least 14 days prior to the event. Such services are provided free of charge.

Also, if you have any dietary restrictions, please inform Stephanie at least 10 days prior to the event.


Register by 6/13/2024
Private Sector


Register by 6/13/2024
Public Sector


If you are having trouble registering, please email or call (413) 545-2604 for assistance.

Please be advised, cancellations must be received no later than 7 days prior to the class, or the registration fee will not be refunded.

First Name Affiliation
Eric Tetra Tech
Jon VISIONS Consulting L3C
Jared TEC, Inc. (Worcester MA)
Pete TEC, Inc. (Worcester MA)
Kenneth Green International Affiliates
Jesse Tetra Tech, Inc.
Herman Green International Affiliates
Sky Town of Milton
Jessica Northern Middlesex Council of Governments (NMCOG)
Marina Town of Milton
Mandy City of Chicopee
Austen Northern Middlesex Council of Governments (NMCOG)
  • Ted Green
    at NJ LTAP at Rutgers

    Ted Green, P.E. (NJ, NY, PA) has been providing Americans with Disabilities Act training as it relates to the
    public right-of-way with UMTC / Baystate Roads for the past decade. Accessible pedestrian network
    workshops have been presented in several states as part of the LTAP program as well as Designing
    Pedestrian Facilities for Accessibility with the FHWA Resource Center staff.

    Ted has over 30 years of experience as a civil engineer performing training, project management, design, and condition inspection of various highway and railroad bridges, parking structures, bus maintenance facilities, and airport terminal buildings. With a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from North Dakota State University he is a licensed Professional Engineer in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

    Ted is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) with leadership positions held at the
    local, past Region 1 Governor (New England, NJ, NY), and past chair of national committees.