|Weekly Update | June 21, 2018
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan Overview
In an effort to make the City of Tigard’s building facilities, parks, trails, and public right-of-way accessible to all, the City is engaged in developing an American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan. The Plan demonstrates the City of Tigard’s commitment to providing equal access to all its public programs, services, facilities, and activities for citizens with disabilities. It is focused on the City’s entire inventory of programs and facilities provided to the public.
The Plan is intended to:
- Evaluate services, policies, and practices;
- Identify modifications needed to services, policies, and practices;
- Identify physical obstacles that limit the accessibility of facilities for individuals with disabilities;
- Describe the methods to be used to make the facilities accessible;
- Provide a schedule for making modifications to improve access;
- Identify the public officials responsible for implementation of the Transition Plan; and
- Involve people with disabilities in the preparation of the Plan.
The Plan’s development includes the following five phases:PHASE 1: PROJECT INITIATION AND ON-GOING MANAGEMENT
(2/2018 – 12/2018)
The City of Tigard initiated the project during February of 2018. As part of the project initiation, the City gathered information on existing policies, procedures, practices, and facilities for evaluation. The City also formed an ADA Focus Group to provide insights throughout all phases of the planning process.PHASE 2: POLICY AND PROGRAM EVALUATION
During the policy and program evaluation phase of the project, a comprehensive review of City policies, services, and practices is conducted to ensure that they are non-discriminatory to people with disabilities. The evaluation involves the following tasks:
- Meeting with City staff to administer a questionnaire regarding City practices;
- Reviewing City policy documents, programs, and services;
- Reviewing the City’s standard and specifications;
- Identifying modifications to City programs, services, practices, standards, and specifications; and
- Involving the ADA Focus Group in the identification of issues and review of recommendations for modifications to City policies, services, and practices.
(3/2018 – 9/2018)
The facility evaluations involve the assessment and inventory of ADA barriers within City buildings, parks, and trails for adherence to the existing ADA Standards and Oregon Structural Specialty Code. The evaluation involves the following tasks:
- Inventorying City facilities for evaluation and identifying public access locations;
- Conducting evaluations of the City’s buildings, parks, and trails;
- Identifying barrier removal actions; and
- Involving the ADA Focus Group in the identification of issues and drafting barrier removal priorities for buildings, parks, and trails.
The right-of-way evaluations involve the assessment and inventory of ADA barriers within the public right-of-way for adherence to the existing ADA Standards. The evaluation involves the following tasks:
- Developing procedures for evaluating right-of-way facilities;
- Conducting an evaluation of curb ramps, sidewalks, and pedestrian signals;
- Identifying ADA barrier removal actions; and
- Involving the ADA Focus Group in the identification of issues and drafting barrier removal priorities for the right-of-way.
(9/2018 – 12/2018)
During the final phase, the ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan is developed. The ADA Focus Group reviews the draft Plan and provide comments prior to the public review draft. The Plan is will be posted to this webpage and hardcopies will be available at designated locations to collect public comment. It is anticipated that the Plan will be available in November 2018. Once completed, the Plan will include:
- ADA Transition Plan requirements and process;
- Methodology employed for Plan development;
- Prioritization and scheduling process;
- Identification of the ADA Coordinator;
- ADA grievance procedure;
- Public outreach process for Plan development;
- Recommendations for modifications to policies, services, and practices;
- Transition Plan phasing schedule; and
- Program accessibility guidelines, standards, and resources.
The ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan process is currently underway. The City would like your comments and concerns regarding accessibility to City programs, services, and facilities, which will assist in the development of the Plan. Please help with this process and list your concerns regarding accessibility within the City of Tigard.
The City is looking for input from:
- People with disabilities;
- Senior citizens;
- Other individuals and members of groups that encounter barriers related to accessing City services, such as parents of minor children with disabilities;
- People with experience and knowledge of ADA planning and requirements or those who serve disabled populations; and
- Interested Tigard residents.
For more information on the Plan, please contact Nadine Robinson ADA Coordinator/Central Services Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-718-2481 or TTY 503-684-2772.