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New Research Shows Many Local Governments May Lack Strong ADA Title II Transition Plans

Three people inspecting a curb ramp at a street intersection

A recent study conducted by the Great Lakes ADA Regional Center, and funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, indicated some local government’s ADA Title II Transition Plans may be lacking.

Researchers used a sample of 401 cities, counties or townships with at least 50 full-time employees. The researchers carefully reviewed each plan to identify which of the required elements were included.

What researchers found was surprising given the Americans with Disability Act just entered its third decade as a legal requirement:

  • 54 of the 401 municipalities (13%) had an ADA transition plan available to the public.
  • 28 municipalities (7%) reported having plans in progress.
  • 32 published the transition plan on their websites while 22 others made it available upon request.
  • By region, the highest percentage (17%) of municipalities with transition plans are located in the Midwest.
  • The northeast region had the lowest percentage of municipalities with transition plans (3%).
  • Of the 54 municipalities with transition plans, only 40 addressed the public right-of-way.
  • 14 plans only addressed access to government buildings.
  • Of the 40 plans that addressed the public right-of-way, only 7 met all of the minimum criteria required by the ADA.
  • Less than half of the plans included a specific schedule for barrier removal.
  • Only 12 transition plans included a detailed process for monitoring and periodic reporting on progress toward barrier removal.

Please visit the National Rehabilitation Information Center’s website for more information on this and other ADA related studies.

BlueDAG Mobile Application Update for Android Users

Today, BlueDAG has moved its Android mobile application update into an early release phase. With the update, Android users will see a new interface that offers refined functionality. In addition, the updated application better manages photographs in local storage. Watch the video for a complete overview of BlueDAG’s Android mobile application update. If you would like to be a part of the early release testing group, please contact us at bluedag.support@bluedag.com.

Justice Department Reaches Agreement with Gates Chili Central School District for ADA Violations

Brown service dog with blue vest The Justice Department reached an agreement with the Gates Chili Central School District in Rochester, New York, to resolve the Department’s lawsuit alleging disability discrimination in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The Department’s complaint alleges the School District denied a student with disabilities equal access to school by conditioning her use of a service dog on her parent providing a full-time dog handler, despite the student’s demonstrated ability to control her service dog.

Under the settlement agreement, the School District revised its Service Animal Policy and agreed to provide reasonable modifications to facilitate the use of a service dog by a student with a disability. Such modifications include the types of minimal assistance the School District refused to provide the student in this case, such as helping to tether or untether a service dog, assisting a student to get water for a service dog, and prompting a student to issue commands to a service dog.

Continue reading at: https://www.ada.gov/gateschili/gates-chili_sa.html

Understanding Sales and Service Counters

Sales and service counters, checkout aisles, and food service lines are part of nearly every transaction people make in the day-to-day life. Recognizing the importance of making them accessible is undeniable. However, understanding the standards in the ADA is critical in ensuring these locations are accessible to people with disabilities. In an effort to help clarify the standards, the United State Access Board has created an animated video (below) that explains them in context and how they are beneficial in everyday life.

 

For more information on this and other standards, please visit the Guide to the ADA Standards section of the United State Access Board website.

Understanding Signs

The ADA standards include requirements for informational and directional signs that must meet specific requirements for visual and tactile legibility. These signs apply to accessible parking spaces, accessible entrances, and restrooms, among many other locations. In an effort to help clarify the standards, the United State Access Board has created an animated video (below) that explains them in context and how they are beneficial in everyday life.

 

For more information on this and other standards, please visit the Guide to the ADA Standards section of the United State Access Board website.

Understanding Parking and Passenger Loading Zones

Accessible parking is required for each parking lot and garage to help ensure people with disabilities can safely and appropriately get in and out of their vehicles. In addition, accessible spaces are to be located on the shortest accessible route to an accessible entrance. In an effort to help clarify the standards, the United State Access Board has created an animated video (below) that explains them in context and how they are beneficial in everyday life.

 

For more information on this and other standards, please visit the Guide to the ADA Standards section of the United State Access Board website.

Understanding Protruding Objects

Objects that protrude into paths of travel can be hazardous to people with vision impairments or other disabilities. Common examples include drinking fountains, shelves, sconces, signs, and kiosks.The ADA standards set placement specifications on objects like these to help ensure people with disabilities can safely and appropriately navigate from one destination to another. In an effort to help clarify the standards, the United State Access Board has created an animated video (below) that explains them in context and how they are beneficial in everyday life.

 

For more information on this and other standards, please visit the Guide to the ADA Standards section of the United State Access Board website.

Understanding Accessible Bathing Facilities

The ADA standards address specifications for access bathing facilities, and provide specifications for transfer showers, roll in showers and bathtubs. In an effort to help clarify the standards, the United State Access Board has created an animated video (below) that explains them in context and how they are beneficial in everyday life.

 

For more information on this and other standards, please visit the Guide to the ADA Standards section of the United State Access Board website.

Understanding Accessible Toilet Rooms

Understanding the ADA requirements for accessible toilet rooms is critically important to ensuring people with disabilities can access these facilities when nature calls. Among the many requirements, ADA compliant toilet rooms must be on an accessible route, have inward swinging doors, and provide the required clearance space so that a person with a disability can adequately use the room. In an effort to help clarify the standards, the United State Access Board has created an animated video (below) that explains them in context and how they are beneficial in everyday life.

 

For more information on this and other standards, please visit the Guide to the ADA Standards section of the United State Access Board website.

ADA 101 – Stair Tread Nosings

ADA 101 info graphic with ADAS 2010 section 504.5 code text and example pictures 2010 ADAS 504.5 Stair Tread Nosings

The radius of curvature at the leading edge of the tread shall be 1/2 inch maximum. Nosings that project beyond risers shall have the underside of the leading edge curved or beveled. Risers shall be permitted to slope under the tread at an angle of 30 degrees maximum from vertical. The permitted projection of the nosing shall extend 1 1/2 inches maximum over the tread below.

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

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