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Janis Kent Bio

Janis Kent, FAIA, CASp is the Founding President of the Certified Access Specialist Institute (CASI), serving all who are involved with access in the built environment, whether in private practice or the public sector. She has made presentations on Accessibility at numerous venues from Dwell On Design in Los Angeles, to Design DC in Washington, to the National AIA Conventions in Chicago, New Orleans, Atlanta, and in Philadelphia. Her current book, ADA in Details – Interpreting the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, “… is the definitive resource for Accessibility. Highly recommended!” Her previous book is the Second Edition of Stepping Through Accessible Details. Richard Halloran, Secretary of the San Francisco Access Appeals Commission, described the book as “The most comprehensive and thorough compilation of accessibility information I have encountered.” She has also created working matrixes for dwelling unit bathrooms and kitchens comparing the different regulations on an item by item basis.

Ms. Kent is designated a Subject Matter Expert (SME) by the California Division of the State Architect, a Certified Access Specialist, and serves on the committee to develop the California state CASp exams. She has conducted seminars for the Nevada State Board of Architecture, Interior Design, and Residential Design and has presented to business associations including AIA Chapters, International Code Council Orange Empire and Central Coast chapters (ICC), Chambers of Commerce, CA Hotel & Lodging Association, US Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), Manufactured Housing Educational Trust (MHET), California Public Parking Association (CPPA), Los Angeles County Office of Education, the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH), the Capital Programs Institute of the University of California, and for the Capital Planning Design and Construction section of The California State University.

Ms. Kent is a licensed California Architect, and has been involved in the world of Accessibility since the mid-1980’s. In addition to managing a wide range of architectural projects, she has surveyed numerous facilities for accessibility compliance and provided quality control for facilities throughout the country.

The Company

Founded in 2009 and based in Long Beach, CA, Stepping Thru Accessibility (STA) consults with Architects, Building Owners, Developers, Property Managers, Attorneys and Tenants, assisting them to navigate their way thru accessibility issues with both the Americans with Disabilities Act Standards (ADAS) and the California Building Codes (CBC). These laws have created a greater need for interpretation and understanding, as well as for information on Accessibility throughout the built environment

  • Research, analysis, and review of questions and determinations on Access issues
  • Navigating the intricacies of California Building Codes and Federal ADAS
  • STA surveys facilities and provides detailed reports of items in non-compliance with today’s accessibility standards for the built environment
  • CASp reports can be issued once correction schedules are established
  • Review and evaluation of construction drawings for new buildings and alterations to verify if accessibility requirements are adequately addressed
  • Topical seminars for architects, facilities and property managers, interior designers, landscape, civil engineers, and others involved in the built environment are offered
  • Property Assessment Reports based on the ADA or California Building Codes to support due diligence in overall property analysis
  • Litigation support services related to Access
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“I have always enjoyed and been highly interested in your publications and seminars over the years. Your publications are required reading by all my staff and are a given contribution to the success of our designs.”

– Craig R. Smith AIA, CRSA Architecture


“Janis is our go-to person whenever issues requiring interpretation of CBC/ADA arise. She is knowledgable, thorough and being an architect herself helps her better understand the challenges we face implementing the ever more detailed accessibility requirements.”

–Ron Bernhardt, AIA Retail Design Collaborative


I’ve found that the seminars and webinars that Stepping Thru Accessibility offers are the most comprehensive and of the highest quality available. I have always gained very useful and practical information on a wide range of accessibility topics with Janis’s seminars/webinars; highly recommended for anyone with an interest in accessibility.

–Matthew O’Brien, Architect, CASp