• 40 minutes

Types of Curb Ramps and Technical Details for Proper Design and Construction


Review different types of curb ramps.

Curb ramps come in three main types under the ADA standards - flared, built-up, and returned curb ramps. Flared curb ramps are the most common and should be located so that they do not project into vehicular traffic lanes, parking spaces, or parking access aisles. Curb ramps at marked crossings must be wholly contained within the markings, excluding any flared sides. This video goes into detail on all three of these main types of ramps and discusses common curb ramp issues and ADA maintenance.

Runtime: 40 minutes



Doug Anderson, CASp, RAS

Doug Anderson, CASp, RAS

LCM Architects

  • Career spanning over 30 years
  • Recognized nationwide for his expertise in accessibility laws, codes, and standards
  • Frequent presenter at national and international conferences, a contributing author for articles, and an expert witness for ADA and FHA litigation
  • Presidential appointment in 2003 to the U.S. Access Board, the agency responsible for developing ADA guidelines - during his tenure he was chair of the board, vice chair of the board, and chair of the executive committee
  • While on the U.S. Access Board, he was involved in the development of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas, Guidelines for Public Rights of Way, and Guidelines for Passenger Vessels
  • Member of the American National Standards Institute A117.1 Accessibility Committee; Chair, Accessible Bathing Task Group
  • Member of the Illinois Capital Development Board Committee responsible for the 2018 revisions to the Illinois Accessibility Code
  • Co-presenter, ‘Access in the Age of COVID’ Webinar
  • Live technical seminars and webinars for HUD funded nationwide FHA training and technical assistance program
John H. (Jack) Catlin, FAIA

John H. (Jack) Catlin, FAIA

LCM Architects

  • Partner in the office of LCM Architects
  • Practice emphasizes all aspects of accessibility in the built environment; LCM consults on accessibility for large municipalities, including Chicago, Milwaukee, and Denver, and will soon be working with St. Louis
  • LCM assessed curb ramp conditions throughout the City of Chicago and helped the Chicago Department of Transportation to create construction guidelines for accessible curb ramps, referencing U.S. Access Board draft guidelines
  • Conducts regular seminars and workshops on federal, state, and local accessibility standards and requirements; Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST, Technical Training & Technical Research, conducted approximately 45 live trainings for building industry professionals, nationwide, 2003 - 2013; FHA FIRST; webinar presenter National Association of ADA Coordinators (NADAAC), training seminars on ADA Title II, 2014 – 2017; Association on Higher Education and Disabilities (AHEAD), Seminars on Accessibility for People with Disabilities and an Overview of Federal Accessibility Regulations; ADA trainings for staff and architects of universities, corporations, municipal agencies, and professional organizations, including: American Institute of Architects, Build Boston, University of Chicago, University of Notre Dame, Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, City of Chicago Department of Buildings, McDonald’s Corporation, Ben & Jerry’s, and Sears
  • Written several publications related to accessibility in the built environment, including: co-author, AIA Architectural Graphic Standards 12th Edition, Functional Planning: Universal and Accessible Design, pp. 28-30; co-author, insights Paper, Moving Transit Facilities Forward with Universal Design, 2017; co-author, Architecture for Education: New School Designs from the Big Shoulders, Small Schools Competition, Universal Design: Small Schools That Fit the Whole Community, 2002; co-author, Building Operating Management Magazine, Best Practices for Incorporating Universal Design on Campus, May 2018; author, Accessibility for All: A Case Study of the Access Living Headquarters, Stroke Rehabilitation, Vol 15/No2, Mar-Apr 2008
  • Professional memberships include U.S. Access Board, 1994 - 2002, chair 1995 - 1996; Public Right-of-Way Guidelines Committee; National Association of ADA Coordinators, Board of Directors, 2014 - 2017; Chicago Building Code Subcommittee on Accessibility, co-chair Metropolitan Planning Council, Board of Governors, 2018 to present; Chicago Transit Authority, Board of Directors 2002 - 2004; chair of Strategic Planning Committee, 2003 - 2004, ADA 25 Chicago, Steering Committee, 2015; Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (now Shirley Ryan Ability Lab), Board of Directors, 1998 - 2010; Chicago Community Trust, Executive Committee co-chair, Program Committee, 2007 - 2017 and Chicago 2016 Paralympic Committee
  • Special recognition includes Chicago ADAPT, Leadership in Advocacy Award; National Association of ADA Coordinators, Award of Appreciation; Paralyzed Veterans of America, Barrier-Free America Award; Chicago Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, August W. Christmann Award and The Council for Disability Rights, and The Gargoyle Award
  • Can be contacted at 312-913-1717 or [email protected]

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