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Chicago Accessibility Expo Announced

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Chicago will host the inaugural Accessibility Expo: Beyond the ADA from June 10-12, 2013.

The expo will be coordinated by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and will focus on concerns associated with physical, vision, hearing, speech, and cognitive disabilities as they relate to safety awareness. The three day event will provide informative resources, discussions, and panels that promote the idea of implementing beyond minimum requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for construction workers, construction designers, business managers, and safety executives.

The exhibition portion will feature enhanced alarm systems, directional sound devices, voice to text devices, video cell phones for American Sign Language users, and power wheelchairs. The expo is expected to attract more than 5,000 individuals.

NFPA’s Senior Building Code Specialist, Allan Fraser, voices his enthusiasm for the event, stating, “With each passing day I marvel at new innovations and advancements, particularly those that improve access to information, communications and the ability of persons with disabilities to be more empowered with respect to their own safety. It’s time to shine a light on innovations so that building designers, suppliers, facility and safety managers, and first responders can connect and interact”.

For more information on the expo, go to: NFPA