So what are Access Consultants? What do Disability Access Consultants do? How can I become an Access Consultant?
Access consultants (also known as DDA consultants, or Disability Access Consultants), working in the built environment can provide a number of different services. Some consultants specialise in particular areas (such as luminance testing), whilst others offer multiple services. All access consultants are working to achieve a greater level of accessibility in the built environment for people with a disability.
These services can include:
- Desktop reviews of architectural drawings, schedules and specifications at each stage of design documentation.
- Inspections for compliance in existing buildings, in the form of ‘Access Appraisals’ or ‘Access Audits’.
- Feasibility reports, determining the viability of projects, in terms of the impact on accessibility.
- Due Diligence Reports.
- DDA advice.
- ‘Affected Part’ inspections and reports, identifying and outlining what the impact of any ‘New Part’ building works will be on existing building entrances, lifts, and the accessways linking the principal entrance to the ‘New Part’.
- Preparation of ‘Alternative Solutions, professional opinions, and unjustifiable hardship claims.
- Preparation of wayfinding and signage strategies.
- Preparation of Disability Action Plans (DAPs).
- The ACAA and levels of membership
- Accredited Members of the Association of Consultants in Access, Australia, Inc.
- How to find an Accredited Access Consultants
- Access Consultants and Insurance
By Lee Wilson, Disability Access Consultant / DDA Consultant, Melbourne, Victoria. Lee is an Accredited Member of the Association of Consultants in Access, Australia Inc.