In the sections that follow, we suggest where to
look for ADA professionals. The list below links to some
organizations that can help you identify potential advisors. As you build relationships with advisors, they will help you find connections to more individuals and organizations in
your area. We have also included some advice from the Better Business Bureau on how to select ADA advisors. In "Behind the Scenes," museum professionals describe their relationships with access advisors.
Where to Look for Advisors
The following source can help you recruit
ADA professionals to work with you as advisors.
Advice for Selecting ADA Professionals as Advisors
The following advice on selecting consultants is taken from the Better Business Bureau's publication, "How to Avoid Scams and Schemes Related to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990."
- For advice on choosing a consultant, contact an independent
living center or other organization that represents people with
- Be wary of "credential pandering" or consultants who claim
they are "bona fide ADA experts," "ADA Certified," or "ADA Approved."
- Inquire among colleagues for recommendations.
- Ask potential consultants specific questions about their
qualifications, previous work, and training, as well as which
manuals and checklists they use.
- Find out if the consultant has adequate insurance coverage
and ask for proof.
- Demand to know who will conduct the actual survey and compliance
- Request and check all references.
- Determine how long the consultant has been in business as
one indication of how long he/she will be around.
- Ask for proof of any claim made regarding specialization
in accessibility design work.
- Evaluate whether the consultant's fee schedule is commensurate
with time spent as well as expertise. Although some nonprofit
organizations will provide these services on a no fee basis,
in general, either end of the spectrum$1000 per hour
or totally expense freeshould raise a "red flag."
Links Related to Working with Advisors
Interacting with Visitors with Disabilities
Behind the Scenes
Baldyga , Director of Education: Working with Your Local ADA
Liz Adams , Admissions Coordinator: Putting Together an Access Project
This web site is not intended to offer legal, architectural, engineering, or similar professional advice. Refer specific questions to an attorney or an ADA authority.