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RFQ: Speakers on ADA & Accessibility Issues

Background: AIA East Bay offers five-hour educational programs to architects approximately six times a year. These presentations focus on barrier-free access (ADA and/or California accessibility) and are geared towards a better understanding of the built environment and accessibility in both public and residential areas. Attendees are licensed architects who have knowledge of the fundamentals of accessibility and the ADA.

AIA East Bay is building its speakers’ bureau to offer more varied topics and speakers, and encourages all qualified speakers to apply.

Content Areas: Presentations must focus on barrier-free accessibility in California, providing in-depth knowledge that attendees can apply to their projects. Examples of topics include, but are not limited to: specific project types (schools, multi-family housing, retail, etc.); areas of common non-compliance; how to implement the California Building Code in practical ways; how to design beyond the requirements to provide excellent architecture; how to avoid legal situations regarding access, universal design, designing for aging-in-place, etc.

Presenters are encouraged to include case studies and real-life examples.

Qualified Applicants: Certified Access Specialists (CASp), ADA/accessibility experts, architects with demonstrable experience in accessibility issues, attorneys, etc. Speaker panels (more than one presenter) are encouraged.

Requirements: Applicants must be able to present in downtown Oakland during business hours (programs run from 8:30am-2:45pm); most programs are on Fridays.

Presenters will be required to provide presentations to AIA East Bay in an unlocked Powerpoint file one week prior to the presentation day; staff may make a locked PDF of slides available to attendees if content requires full-sized slides.

Compensation: Presenters will be compensated on a per-person fee. Half-day presenters receive $12.50 per attendee; full-day presenters receive $25 per attendee. Please note that panels (more than one speaker) will share the compensation. Attendance ranges from 60-160 per day; average anticipated attendance is 100. No expenses or other fees are covered.

Submittal format: Applicants are to submit the following (as attachments) via email to Sidney Sweeney, Executive Director at sidney@aiaeb.org:

  • Presenter name, contact information, biography and specific pertinent experience to show expertise in subject matter.
  • Presentation outline(s); specify whether for a 2.5-hour or 5-hour presentation.
  • Prior presentation/speaking engagements and either evaluations or reference contact information, including title and phone number.

Submission deadline: Qualified submittals received by April 21, 2017 will be considered for the remaining 2017 presentation. Submittals received after that date will be accepted, but may not be considered until the next cycle begins in August 2018.

Questions: Direct questions to Sidney Sweeney at sidney@aiaeb.org. Answers will be posted to the website www.aiaeb.org by noon, Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

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