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BlueDAG Maintains Service and Operational Capacity During COVID-19 Crisis

With increased attention to the COVID-19 outbreak, each day brings more uncertainty for businesses and our communities. Our team is monitoring developments on the outbreak and are taking the appropriate steps to help support the ongoing health and safety of our employees and customers.

We know that your primary concern is making sure you are taking the appropriate precautions to care for yourself, your family, and others around you.

We have recently heard from a lot of our subscribers, and we wanted to update you on our operations and infrastructure:

  • Our systems will continue to operate uninterrupted.

  • Our support team will continue to stay available to you to support changing working conditions as you make adjustments in response to the outbreak.

  • We are continuously monitoring bandwidth usage with tools that reveal network trends, along with performance and capacity reports to help us manage our network and internal systems.

  • We have taken several steps to help ensure the reliability of our critical business processes and supporting infrastructures so that we can continue to provide high-quality service to you.

  • We have asked all of our employees, including all who interact with our subscribers, to take appropriate preventative measures to help stop the spread of this disease. This includes the regular and consistent washing of their hands, limiting subscriber engagement to teleconferences and virtual meetings, and upon request, working remotely from home.

  • Importantly, we have encouraged any employee who does not feel well to stay home, get well, and avoid interacting with subscribers and other employees.

Our goal at BlueDAG is to continually provide you with a premium level of service, not only throughout the year but especially during this time. We will keep you updated with system and operational changes via email. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Thank you,

Christoffer James

CEO, BlueDAG

Two Municipalities Make Progress on Their ADA Transition Plans

Pierce County Curb at WallerThis has been a good month for ADA accessibility as two municipalities have made progress in bringing their facilities and public right-of-way into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Last week, Pierce County, Washington, approved its transition plan for county-owned facilities and public right-of-way. As with all local municipalities, Pierce County was required under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act to conduct self-evaluations of its facilities, public right-of-way, and programs and services, and integrate the findings into its ADA Transition Plan.

According to Pierce County News, “Pierce County’s Americans with Disabilities Act Public Rights-of-Way Self-Evaluation Report, which was completed in 2015, included the examination of county policies related to the ADA and an inventory that identified whether existing pedestrian facilities were in compliance with the ADA. This inventory was initially completed in 2015 and is updated as new facilities are built or improved.”

The City of Warrensburg, Missouri, also approved their ADA Transition Plan last week.

During the Warrensburg City Council meeting to approve the Transition Plan, Warrensburg Building Official Brett Penrose said, “The ADA Transition Plan is required by the ADA law of 1990. Starting in the spring of last year, we inspected all city-owned properties, including 13 buildings, nine parks and seven parking lots with the idea of inspecting previously identified ADA compliance issues as well as looking at new violations that may have come up since our last update.”

Penrose continued, “When we go out to look, to reinspect, I don’t just go out and look at what I’ve already identified. I’m out there to look with fresh eyes to look at the whole building or park.”

These two municipalities are great examples of local governments taking the lead and making the investments to not only come into compliance with the ADA, but also ensure their communities are accessible to all residents and visitors.

Sources:
Pierce County Council approves plan to bring existing pedestrian facilities into ADA compliance
The Suburban Times / Pierce County News
February 13, 2020
https://thesubtimes.com/2020/02/13/pierce-county-council-approves-plan-to-bring-existing-pedestrian-facilities-into-ada-compliance/

City Council approves ADA Transition Plan resolution
Daily Star-Journal
February 13, 2020
http://www.dailystarjournal.com/news/local/city-council-approves-ada-transition-plan-resolution/article_08fbbe6a-4dc1-11ea-a34b-e7e5b2ee9f41.html

Seguin City Council Unanimously Approves BlueDAG for ADA Support

The City of Seguin, Texas, is the latest municipality to take the challenge of ADA compliance head on with the support of BlueDAG.  “While the City of Seguin changed its policies to ensure new street and sidewalk projects meet ADA code, and made other city projects ADA compliant such as Park West, it has never formally adopted a transition plan”, Seguin City Attorney Andy Quittner said.   BlueDAG provides municipalities with a robust set of tools that help identify and manage ADA barriers, and seamlessly integrate them into a living transition plan. Many local governments are developing their ADA transition plans to ensure their communities are accessible to all and in compliance with Title II requirements.   All of us at BlueDAG look forward to working with another group of dedicated public servants to help create an accessible and inclusive community.  Source: City to create ADA plans for facilities Valerie Bustamante, The Seguin Gazette July 5, 2019 http://seguingazette.com/alert/article_794f923a-9ddc-11e9-acbb-57c322c8e3a5.html

The City of Seguin, Texas, is the latest municipality to take the challenge of ADA compliance head on with the support of BlueDAG.  “While the City of Seguin changed its policies to ensure new street and sidewalk projects meet ADA code, and made other city projects ADA compliant such as Park West, it has never formally adopted a transition plan”, Seguin City Attorney Andy Quittner said. 

BlueDAG provides municipalities with a robust set of tools that help identify and manage ADA barriers, and seamlessly integrate them into a living transition plan. Many local governments are developing their ADA transition plans to ensure their communities are accessible to all and in compliance with Title II requirements. 

All of us at BlueDAG look forward to working with another group of dedicated public servants to help create an accessible and inclusive community.

Source:
City to create ADA plans for facilities
Valerie Bustamante, The Seguin Gazette
July 5, 2019
http://seguingazette.com/alert/article_794f923a-9ddc-11e9-acbb-57c322c8e3a5.html

 

ADA 101 – Protruding Object Limits

307.2 - Protruding Object LimitsObjects with leading edges more than 27 inches and not more than 80 inches above the finish floor or ground shall protrude 4 inches maximum horizontally into the circulation path. As an exception, handrails shall be permitted to protrude 4 1/2 inches maximum.Code according to 2010 ADAS. Check your state’s accessibility laws. Some states such as California, Georgia and Florida have additional requirements and standards.

2010 ADAS 307.2 – Protruding Object Limits

Objects with leading edges more than 27 inches and not more than 80 inches above the finish floor or ground shall protrude 4 inches maximum horizontally into the circulation path. As an exception, handrails shall be permitted to protrude 4 1/2 inches maximum.

Code according to 2010 ADAS. Check your state’s accessibility laws. Some states such as California, Georgia and Florida have additional requirements and standards.

Fueled by Lawsuits, Website Accessibility is a Hot Topic 

Blue scales with computer coding terms

The Americans with Disabilities Act has been law for more than 28 years. For most, ADA compliance brings to mind things like curb ramps or tenji blocks. However in the internet age, companies and government agencies alike must consider the accessibility of digital content, typically provided to the public through websites.  

Website accessibility lawsuits nearly tripled last year across the country. There were 814 cases in 2017. That ballooned 177 percent last year, to 2,258, according to an analysis from the law firm Seyfarth Shaw.

Local governments in particular have a responsibility and a legal mandate to provide accessible options for things like agenda items, policies, and publications.  While web accessibility guidelines are not yet an official requirement of federal ADA regulations, best practices do exist and failure to implement them can result in legal judgments.  Creating accessible and inclusive communities, including digital spaces, is something all civic leaders should strive for.

Source:
Charlotte County to pay $10,500 over ADA lawsuit; make website more accessible
Andrea Praegitzer, Sun Port Charlotte
Jun 22, 2019
https://www.yoursun.com/charlotte/county-to-pay-over-ada-lawsuit-make-its-website-more/article_dba5a7ee-93b4-11e9-865b-a32c1491f053.html

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