CASI joins Professional Exchange

CASI, Association Managment

The Certified Access Specialist Institute is the latest nonprofit to join Professional Exchange Service Corp.

 

Professional Exchange offers management, bookkeeping and web design. The CASI chapter, which includes the entire state has over 100 members, joins other nonprofits under the PESC services umbrella.

 

CASI was formed to address needs that arose following the passage of SB 1608 with the certification of California’s new Certified Access Specialist program (CASp). The new law requires licensed architects to take specialized courses in disability access and that building departments either hire or outsource a certified access specialist.

 

CASI will participate in the development of coursework not only for its members but also provide training and education for other professionals and the public. SB 1608 also says that if building owners and tenants get their facilities inspected by a certified access specialist, they will have not only a road map of what needs to be changed to make their facilities accessible, they typically will receive a preferred defendant status if they get sued.

 

CASI has been set up to support its CASp members in this role. Janis Kent, founding president of the new group, a certified access specialist and an architect, said CASI is a professional organization open to those who are CASp certified, including architects, engineers, building officials in the public sector and others.

 

Changes are afoot in California, however, as the state moves to get certified by the U.S. Department of Justice to make sure its laws comply with those at the federal level. CASI will work to inform the public about accessibility.

 

For more information about CASI, please visit www.casinstitute.org 

 

Professional Exchange Service Corp. provides state-of-the-art communications and information services and administrative management for nonprofit membership associations and for-profit corporations. For more information, call 559-228-6140.