ADA Self Evaluation & Transition Plan
What is the ADA?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became effective in 1991. It is a civil rights law that provides for, and protects, equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities. The ADA prohibits discrimination in access to jobs, public accommodations, government programs and services, public transportation, and telecommunications. The ADA does not communicate a socially responsible perspective for inclusion, but instead, it represents an actual civil right law which protects the rights of any individual who lives with a disability. The ADA also corresponds with the Rehabilitation Act, Section 504. Under the Rehabilitation Act, public agencies who receive federal funding must comply with all laws pertaining to accessibility.
What is the City of Plano’s responsibility relating to the ADA and accessibility?
Title II of the ADA addresses the requirements of public agencies. Title II provides that public entities must identify and evaluate all programs, activities, and services and review all policies, practices, and procedures that govern the administration of the entity’s programs, activities, and services. The law requires that a public agency complete an ADA Self-Evaluation & Transition Plan to communicate its review of compliance with the regulations and standards of the ADA, and its intended action steps to improving accessibility.
What is an ADA Self-Evaluation & Transition Plan?
The City of Plano, by this federal civil rights law, is required to conduct an ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan. The Plan, in simple terms, is an assessment of the level of ADA compliance and an action plan for improving accessibility. The city has been updating its plan to identify and remove barriers to its programs, services, activities, communications, transportation services, and the right-of-way. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act require this Plan to include:
- An inventory of barriers - known as a ‘self-evaluation’
- A schedule and methods to be used for barrier removal
- Public Involvement
- Identification of the ADA Coordinator responsible for implementation of the Plan
- A complaint and grievance policy
How does the city determine its level of ADA compliance in buildings, parks and public rights of way?
The Self-Evaluation process included field data collection of physical assets to determine compliance with the following:
- 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design
- U.S. Department of Transportation Regulations for transit and sidewalks
- Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (504)
- Fed. Highway Admin. Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets & Highways (MUTCD)
- Proposed Public Rights-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines, 2013 (PROWAG)
These standards and guidelines are used to determine compliance in making facilities accessible.
How can I find out more about the project?
The city is providing a summary of findings report to communicate what was identified in the self-evaluation. The document will be made available on the website or upon request. This document discusses the requirements of this project, the scope of the project, the methodology for evaluation and the issues identified. Additionally, the city will be hosting a public outreach event on November 27th at 10 am and again at 6:30 pm at the Plano Municipal Center to share these findings publicly. Both sessions will begin with a brief presentation followed by time reserved for public comment.
How can I provide feedback regarding this project?
The city is encouraging public participation through the Public Outreach Meeting and also via an electronic public survey tool, which will be made available on November 27th, at http://www.plano.gov/3342/ADA-Self-Evaluation-Transition-Plan or upon request by contacting the City’s ADA coordinator at 972-941-7776 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I request accommodations for the report or upcoming public outreach meetings?
Individuals who require an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication should contact the office of ADA coordinator at 972-941-7776 or email@example.com as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event.