Housing Accessibility FIRST is an initiative
sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Development (HUD) designed to promote compliance with
the Fair Housing Act design and construction
requirements. The program consists of a comprehensive
training curriculum, as well as a toll-free information
line and website designed to provide technical guidance
to the public.
Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST, public and private
owners, developers, architects, operators of housing,
and others will learn how to engage in practices that do
not discriminate against people with disabilities. In
order to create this training and technical guidance
program to meet the needs of the many diverse
stakeholders, former program administrator BearingPoint
conducted an extensive Needs Analysis designed to
ascertain the information needed to effectively tailor
the program and encourage participation.
Support and Technical Guidance
LCM Architects was founded in 1996 to provide architecture and accessibility consulting services. The LCM team is comprised of architects, designers, problem solvers, as well as experts in accessibility and universal design. The staff's personal and professional experiences drive LCM to look at each challenge from many perspectives. Always seeking the best solutions, LCM works side by side with clients to bring together function, common sense, and good design.
LCM is a Chicago based firm that works throughout the United States providing consulting services regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act Design Standards (ADA); the Fair Housing Act (FHA); the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504); and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA). The firm provides consultation on accessibility provisions for the International Building Code (IBC), ANSI A117.1 and various state and local codes. We have a team of professionals comprised of architects and specialists dedicated to accessibility consulting.
LCM is proud to have had two partners chair the U.S. Access Board. As part of this federal initiative LCM's leadership has a strong sense for the criteria for accessible design.
Blending skill sets in architecture and accessibility, LCM has developed a strong knowledge of the principles of universal design. Building on the first project that incorporated these concepts, LCM has been awarded subsequent projects that follow these beliefs.
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