Accessibility is a concern that many organizations have. Many buildings are traditionally built with relatively fit individuals in mind, so individuals with disabilities sometimes have a hard time entering into buildings that are traditionally constructed. As a result, many building owners attempt to redesign buildings in a way that makes them easier to access for the disabled. In some countries, accessibility is the law. An accessibility coordinator typically oversees the implementation of accessibility measures.
The accessibility coordinator is responsible for inspecting a given building and determining whether that building is making reasonable accommodations for the disabled. Accommodations include features such as large bathroom stalls, electronic opening doors and wheelchair ramps. These coordinators must report to upper management when a deficient resource is located, give upper management the projected costs for remedying the deficient resource and provide management with contractors who are capable of installing these resources. Accessibility coordinators are also focused on promoting inclusion of the disabled in communities that use these buildings, according to Ryerson University.
The educational requirements for an accessibility coordinator are often a bachelor’s degree, often in social sciences. Some organizations also want proof that the accessibility coordinator has successfully helped improve accessibility in the past. The accessibility coordinator must be knowledgeable of the laws surrounding accessibility to make sure that the building is in compliance. According to Ryerson University, human resources experience is preferred. According to ADA, accessibility coordinators must have knowledge of both disabilities and disability equipment.
Accessibility coordinators must have good interpersonal and communication skills since they must work with faculty and other workers who frequently work with disabled students and brainstorm to determine what kinds of resources special needs visitors have. They must also have good presentation skills to be able to present information regarding accessibility at meetings. Analytical and research skills are needed to solve problems related to accessibility. ADA asks accessibility coordinators to have good conflict mediation skills.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the need for building inspectors such as accessibility coordinators is expected to grow by 17 percent between 2008 and 2018. Much of this growth is driven by increased efforts to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure.
The earnings for accessibility coordinators varies depending on the company employing the coordinator. ADA pays its accessibility coordinators $78,000 annually. The City of Mississauga pays its accessibility coordinators between $55,527 and $74,037 in Canadian dollars.