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Instruction Modules

Module 11: Making Housing Accessible Through Accommodations and Modifications (1 hour, 30 minutes)

This module provides information about the Fair Housing Act's requirements that housing providers make accommodations to usual procedures and services and permit reasonable structural modifications to meet the needs of people with disabilities.

This module guides participants through the legal obligation to make accommodations and permit modifications. It also provides many examples of accommodations and modifications that may be requested in both multifamily and single family housing, whether newly constructed or older housing, and provides ideas about strategies to make commonly requested modifications and accommodations.

What is Covered?

  • How to recognize a request for a reasonable accommodation
  • Appropriate responses to a request for an accommodation
  • The reasonable modification request and how to respond
  • Examples of accommodations and modifications
  • Tips for making reasonable accommodations.
  • Typical accommodations and modifications that builders and developers may be asked to approve
  • Examples of technical standards to use for modifications and accommodations

Who Should Attend?

  • Builders and developers of both single and multifamily housing
  • Contractors engaged in single and multifamily construction
  • Housing program specialists
  • Property managers and owners
  • Advocates
  • Enforcers

How Will You Benefit? You will be able to:

  • Understand and apply the basic rules for accommodations and modifications
  • Recognize whether or not a particular request is an accommodation or a modification
  • Describe the basic standards to apply if a request is for an accommodation or for a modification
  • Recognize typical requests for accommodations and modifications
  • Understand some of the standards that could be used in making typical modifications
  • Know more about resources that can be used to get more information about modification techniques

  Accommodations and Modifications (PDF, 2683 K)
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