Nearly one in every five people in the United States has a disability — this equals 57 million Americans. It is important, and it is the law, that your businesses and buildings are accessible, programmatically inclusive and sensitive to the needs of individuals with disabilities. If your business is not accessible, you are essentially excluding 20% of both potential customers and prospective employees. People like to shop where they feel comfortable and get an added value. Dr. Harding helps clients navigate through the unfamiliar landscape of persons with disabilities and offers up-to-date disability rights information and resources. With over 30 years of experience developing and implementing accessibility standards, he is the source for guidance on Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards for universal accessible design – for corporations, businesses, industries, community developers, architects and residential and commercial builders. Dr. Harding brings a functional understanding of these standards due to living, working and traveling with a significant disability for 33 years. He has a keen understanding of barrier removal, best practices for new construction and renovations and transition planning.
Dr. Harding also offers life coaching for persons with disabilities wanting to be more independent and gainfully employed. For example, he can assist with the transition from high school to college or the start of a new job in the workplace. Dr. Harding has the personal experience and expertise to be able to provide valuable guidance and tips for these important life moments which can be challenging.