The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects individuals with disabilities to ensure they have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. Oates Associates is committed to empowering communities in their efforts to increase accessibility and achieve the goals of the ADA through our knowledgeable engineering team.

Our firm continues to encourage accessibility and inclusion by having team members who are certified through the ADA Coordinator Training Certification Program. The ADA Coordinator Training Certification Program is a three-year program administered by the Great Plains ADA Center located at the University of Missouri – College of Human and Environmental Sciences, School of Architectural Studies. The most recent Oates recipient of this certification, Ben Miller, has been heavily involved in our mission to provide accessibility to the local community. Ben is the third Oates employee to complete this certification.

Ben has been active in several projects that help implement this mission including ADA transition planning and the development of pedestrian paths. Most recently, he was highly involved in the City of St. Louis ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan developing a methodology to inventory and program future projects to eliminate barriers to access.  This was accomplished through the development of a prioritization system that allows the city to compare pedestrian facilities throughout St. Louis based on a scoring system that pursues the city’s long-term goals.

Join us in congratulating Ben on this achievement!