This full-day training will provide attendees with an understanding of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (the ADA). Our built environment is continually evolving, and the ADA is a critical piece of the puzzle; since 1992 our buildings, roadways, and pavements have been required to be accessible. This course has been developed to guide local agencies in their efforts to complete their Self-Evaluations and Transition Plans, as required under the ADA. This course will provide context for the full implementation of Title II of the ADA, but primarily focus on the responsibility of local agencies to build and maintain accessible pedestrian infrastructure (sidewalks, curb ramps, signals, etc.). With additional content in ADA Design and Construction, attendees will learn the nuts and bolts of accessibility that will improve agency efficiency and influence project planning. The instructors will present minimum requirements under the law along with recommendations for best practices by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.


Topics Covered

The key section of the training will be a detailed discussion of ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan requirements for City and County governments. A variety of supporting topics pertaining to the ADA will be presented, including an introduction to the legal overview of ADA legislation, the enforcement of ADA legislation, design and construction requirements, and examples of public communication of ADA information.


Who Should Attend

The intended audience for the full-day ADA training are City and County engineers, planners, and consultants.



Ann Johnson, PE, President, Professional Engineering Services

Ms. Johnson began her career as an engineer in the Airports Department at HNTB Corporation directly after graduating from the University of Wisconsin at Platteville.  She then moved to Braun Intertec, where she worked as a Senior Engineer in the Pavements Division.  While at Braun, she also obtained a Master’s of Civil Engineering degree from the U of M, emphasizing in pavement engineering.
Ms. Johnson is now the President of Professional Engineering Services (PE Services), a company she formed in 1995.  PE Services’ main line of service is to provide construction inspection and materials testing services.  However, most of Ms. Johnson’s time is spent developing curriculum and teaching courses for the Minnesota LTAP and AirTAP programs, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation. She served as the Director of the Construction Management Degree program at the University of Minnesota from 2000-2015, seeing it through its accreditation by ACCE. She continues to teach CADD, highway design, and surveying in the civil engineering department.

Brady Rutman, SRF Consulting Group

Originally from Brainerd, MN, Brady has been an Engineer in SRF Consulting Group’s Municipal Engineering team for four years. Brady joined SRF after graduating with a master’s degree from the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Brady’s engineering degree follows a Masters in Landscape Architecture (also from the University of Minnesota) and a Bachelor of Arts from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. Brady’s professional experience began with the design and inspection of regional trails, and has recently focused on site-based plan production and coordination of a wide range of public and private projects. In addition, Brady’s experience includes the preparation and presentation of training on the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and consultation with Public Agencies on ADA Self-Evaluations and Transition Plans. Brady has been certified as an Accessibility Specialist by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.



Free, but you must register in advance. Max class size is limited to 30 for greater Minnesota sites and 70 for metro.


Special Requests

If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact Mindy Carlson at (612) 625-1813 or carlson@umn.edu. Requests should be made immediately upon registering in order to accommodate your needs.



Local Road Research Board
Minnesota Department of Transportation
Minnesota Local Technical Assistance Program


Course Dates and Locations

Each training will be held from 8:00am – 4:30pm. Check-in at 7:30 am.

Tuesday, December 5: MnDOT District 7, 2151 Bassett Drive, Mankato, MN 56001
Thursday, December 7: MnDOT – District 6, 2900 48th Street NW, Rochester, MN 55901
Friday, December 8: Ramsey County Public Works, 1425 Paul Kirkwold Dr, Arden Hills, MN 55112
Tuesday, December 12: MnDOT District 2, 3920 Highway 2 West, Bemidji, MN 56601
Wednesday, December 13: MnDOT District 4, 1000 Highway 10 West, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
Thursday, December 14: MnDOT District 3, 7694 Industrial Park Road, Baxter, MN 56425
Monday, December 18: Metro Area, 1890 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108
Tuesday, December 19: MnDOT District 8, 2505 Transportation Road, Willmar, MN 56201
Thursday, December 21: MnDOT District 1, 1123 Mesaba Avenue, Duluth, MN 55811



7:30-8:00    Registration/Refreshments
8:00 – 8:15     Welcome, Introductions
8:15 – 9:00    Section 1 – The Importance of ADA
9:00 – 9:45    Section 2 – Design Considerations
9:45 – 10:00    BREAK
10:00 – 11:30     Section 3 – Self Evaluations and Transition Plans

11:30 – 12:30     BREAK FOR LUNCH

12:30 – 2:00    Section 4 – Standard Plans for Design
2:00 – 2:45    Section 5 – Construction Considerations
2:45 – 3:00    BREAK
3:00 – 3:15    Section 6 – Communication Tools
3:15 – 4:00    Section 7 – ADA Enforcement
4:00 – 4:30    Question and Answer Discussion



To the best of our knowledge, this course/activity meets the continuing education requirements for 7.0 PDHs as outlined in Minnesota Statute 326.107. More information concerning continuing education for professionals is online.


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