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Feds Close Review of Cedar Rapids ADA Compliance Work

Feds wraps review of Cedar Rapids ADA Compliance Work Since 2015, the City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has worked diligently to improve access to its facilities and sidewalks for people with disabilities. The City has invested $18 million in the ambitious effort to do community wide improvements including the installation of 4,000 curb ramps.

Since 2015, the City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has worked diligently to improve access to its facilities and sidewalks for people with disabilities. The City has invested $18 million in the ambitious effort to do community wide improvements including the installation of 4,000 curb ramps. Deputy City Manager Sandi Fowler is proud of the work done and says, “Our citizens are probably living in one of the most compliant cities in the country right now.”  Moving forward Fowler says the city plans to spend an additional $12 million on future projects to build on the great work already accomplished. While it does take a lot of coordinated work and investment, being compliant with the ADA is not just about avoiding penalties. Creating accessible and inclusive communities is something all civic leaders should strive for.

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Cedar Rapids officials report feds ‘close the file’ on their ADA compliance work
ABC 9 News KCRG
Jun 11, 2019
https://www.kcrg.com/content/news/Cedar-Rapids-officials-report-feds-close-the-file-on-their-ADA-compliance-work-511143932.html

Courts Rule Subway Station Accessibility Lawsuit Can Proceed

Public transit is a major resources for senior citizens and those with disabilities to get around without having to rely on care givers or private transportation services. That is one of the key reasons public transit must be made accessible to them. Recently, the New York Supreme Court ruled that a lawsuit against inaccessible subways stations could proceed. The judge presiding over the case ruled that there was substantial evidence that people with disabilities were being discriminated in public spaces. According to the plaintiff, only 25% of the subways system’s 472 stations provide elevator access. This case is just one of many against public transit systems that have failed to remediate access barriers to their buses and mass transit vehicles.

Public transit is a major resources for senior citizens and those with disabilities to get around without having to rely on care givers or private transportation services. That is one of the key reasons public transit must be made accessible to them. Recently, the New York Supreme Court ruled that a lawsuit against inaccessible subways stations could proceed. The judge presiding over the case ruled that there was substantial evidence that people with disabilities were being discriminated in public spaces. According to the plaintiff, only 25% of the subway system’s 472 stations provide elevator access. This case is just one of many against public transit systems that have failed to remediate access barriers to their buses and mass transit vehicles.

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Subway station accessibility lawsuit against MTA can proceed
Vincent Barone, AM New York
June 5, 2019
https://www.amny.com/transit/subway-accessibility-nyc-1.32021995

ADA 101 – Title II Existing Facilities

Title II 35.150 - Existing Facilities A public entity must operate each service, program, or activity so that the service, program, or activity, when viewed in its entirety, is readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities. This does not require a public entity to take any action that it can demonstrate would result in a fundamental alteration in the nature of a service, program, or activity or in undue financial and administrative burdens. A public entity may comply with these requirements through such means as redesign or acquisition of equipment, reassignment of services to accessible buildings, alteration of existing facilities and construction of new facilities, or any other methods that result in making its services, programs, or activities readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities. * Regulation according to A28 CFR 35.150. Only a portion of the law was included in this media. Check additional sections and your state’s accessibility laws for further details.ADA Title II 35.150 – Existing Facilities

A public entity must operate each service, program, or activity so that the service, program, or activity, when viewed in its entirety, is readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.

This does not require a public entity to take any action that it can demonstrate would result in a fundamental alteration in the nature of a service, program, or activity or in undue financial and administrative burdens.

A public entity may comply with these requirements through such means as redesign or acquisition of equipment, reassignment of services to accessible buildings, alteration of existing facilities and construction of new facilities, or any other methods that result in making its services, programs, or activities readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.

* Regulation according to 28 CFR 35.150. Only a portion of the law was included in this media. Check additional sections and your state’s accessibility laws for further details.

ADA Lawsuits and Web Accessibility

Website Accessible Keyboard

As more organizations conduct business online and through their websites, the need to ensure websites are accessible to people with disabilities has become an urgent issue. In a recent Search Engine Journal article, more than 1,700 ADA related lawsuits were spotlighted to show that inclusive design and following website accessibility guidelines is now a must. This trends will only continue to grow and that is why, in addition to Title II and III, BlueDAG provides 508 and website accessible support to its customers.

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How Your Company Can Prevent ADA Website Accessibility Lawsuits
Kim Krause Berg, Search Engine Journal
May 17, 2019
https://www.searchenginejournal.com/prevent-accessibility-website-lawsuit/306055/

ADA 101 – Title II Service Animals

Title II 35.136 - Service Animals (a) General. Generally, a public entity shall modify its policies, practices, or procedures to permit the use of a service animal by an individual with a disability. (b) Exceptions. A public entity may ask an individual with a disability to remove a service animal from the premises if — (1) The animal is out of control and the animal's handler does not take effective action to control it; or (2) The animal is not housebroken.

ADA Title II 35.136 – Service Animals
(a) General. Generally, a public entity shall modify its policies, practices, or procedures to permit the use of a service animal by an individual with a disability.
(b) Exceptions. A public entity may ask an individual with a disability to remove a service animal from the premises if —
(1) The animal is out of control and the animal’s handler does not take effective action to control it; or (2) The animal is not housebroken.

* Regulation according to 28 CFR 35.136. Only a portion of the law was included in this media. Check additional sections and your state’s accessibility laws for further details.

City of Columbia Starts Work to Create Accessible Public Right-of-Ways

City of Columbia Starts Work to Create Accessible Public Right-of-Ways This week, the City of Columbia, Missouri, started work to improve its public right-of-way for people with disabilities. Two major thoroughfares were closed to allow construction crews to improve pedestrian signal systems, replace sections of sidewalk that acted as barriers to mobility, and added new curb ramps to intersections. For many municipalities, fixing obvious public right-of-way barriers is an important first step in creating truly accessible communities for their senior citizens and residents with disabilities.

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Ash Street closes to make repairs under the Americans with Disabilities Act
Logan Ball, KOMU 8
May 14, 2019
https://www.komu.com/news/ash-street-closes-to-make-repairs-under-the-americans-with-disabilities-act

 

ADA 101 – Title II Information and Signage

ATitle II 35.163 - Information and Signage (a) A public entity shall ensure that interested persons, including persons with impaired vision or hearing, can obtain information as to the existence and location of accessible services, activities, and facilities. (b) A public entity shall provide signage at all inaccessible entrances to each of its facilities, directing users to an accessible entrance or to a location at which they can obtain information about accessible facilities. The international symbol for accessibility shall be used at each accessible entrance of a facility.DA Title II 35.163 – Information and Signage

(a) A public entity shall ensure that interested
persons, including persons with impaired vision or
hearing, can obtain information as to the existence
and location of accessible services, activities,
and facilities.

(b) A public entity shall provide signage at all
inaccessible entrances to each of its facilities,
directing users to an accessible entrance or to a
location at which they can obtain information about
accessible facilities. The international symbol for
accessibility shall be used at each accessible
entrance of a facility.

* Regulation according to 28 CFR 35.163. Only a portion of the law was included in this media. Check additional sections and your state’s accessibility laws for further details.

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