HEATHER YOUNGHUSBAND EARNS CASp DESIGNATION, CALIFORNIA’S HIGHEST CERTIFICATION FOR ACCESSIBILITY CONSULTING

HEATHER YOUNGHUSBAND EARNS CASp DESIGNATION, CALIFORNIA’S HIGHEST CERTIFICATION FOR ACCESSIBILITY CONSULTING

Heather Younghusband, CASp

TERPconsulting is pleased to congratulate Heather Younghusband for successfully earning her Certified Access Specialist (CASp) certification through the California Division of the State Architect (DSA). CASp is a California state-specific certification for accessibility consulting.

“I was relieved and elated to find out I passed,” Heather said of taking the CASp exam last fall. “It is a difficult exam, and I was happy to have mastered the material.”

 The CASp program is designed to meet the need for experienced, trained, and tested individuals who can inspect buildings and sites for compliance with applicable state and federal construction-related accessibility standards. Those certified in the CASp program are knowledgeable of state and federal accessibility laws and regulations and possess the expertise to promote access to facilities for persons with disabilities.

 “There seemed to be a growing need for accessibility consulting, and it seemed like it would be challenging and rewarding,” Heather explained of her desire to become TERPconsulting’s lead accessibility consultant.

A CASp designation allows Heather to survey facilities and identify architectural barriers to accessibility to ensure compliance with the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and California building code. Services that fall under CASp certification include:

• Review of facility plans and specifications for compliance with state and federal accessibility laws, standards, codes, and regulations.

• Investigate a facility for compliance with state and federal accessibility laws, standards, codes, and regulations.

• Conduct accessibility research, prepare accessibility reports, and/or conduct accessibility inspection, as authorized.

• Issue inspection reports and disability access inspection certificates in accordance with the requirements of Civil Code section 55.53.

In addition to her CASp certification, Heather is International Code Council (ICC) certified, and an Accessibility Inspector and Plans Examiner. Heather joined TERPconsulting in 2018 as a fire protection consultant. She has a diploma in Architectural and Building Technology (ABT) from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

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