with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed by the U.S. Congress to
provide a comprehensive mandate for the elimination of discrimination
against individuals with disabilities and to provide standards
which address discrimination against individuals with disabilities.
Under the ADA, accessibility requirements have become much more
stringent and broad in scope. The Public Entities provisions of
the ADA, or Title II, have the greatest impact on the City. Title
II applies the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation
Act of 1973, plus some new requirements, to all state and local
governments. In addition, as an employer and landlord, the City
is also directly and indirectly affected by the provisions of
Title I and III of the ADA.
This article will
briefly look at ADA ramps and the implementation of a compliance
program for a state or local government
ADA Curb Ramp Improvement Plan
A City-Wide ADA
Curb Ramp Improvement Plan is a systematic plan to install ADA-compliant
wheelchair curb ramps with truncated dome detectable warnings
at intersections of City-controlled streets. The end result is
providing access to City programs and services for all, regardless
Many Cities divide
the implementation into phases, moving from south to north or
east to west. Other City and State implementations of ADA ramps
have been more focused on areas where pedestrian traffic is the
most consistent. For example, a heavily traveled route from public
transportation to a typical daily work destination.
citizen complaints are received about particular intersections,
they should be investigated and non-compliant curb ramps re-done
or non-existing curb ramps installed as needed.
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with other state and local governments.
John A. Heffner
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