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Complying with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Planning, Design, and Construction Resources for Local Agencies

The 2010 U.S. Census shows that about one out of every five people in the United States have a disability which reduces or limits their mobility, hearing, or vision. These disabilities may be present at birth or a result of an accident or disease. These disabilities can also develop with the normal aging process, and this is important because the United States population as a whole is growing older.

Transition planning: engaging the disabled community

Resources in Washington State to identify disabled users of the public right of way
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Transition planning step 1: ADA coordinator, notice, & grievance Procedures

All local agencies are required to have an ADA coordinator, notice, and grievance procedures.

Requirements for ADA/Section 504 coordinators, Notice, and Grievance procedures

Transition planning step 2: Self-evaluation (inventory)
All local agencies are required to evaluate all services, policies, and practices for barriers which restrict/limit persons with disabilities. This Web pages focuses only on those policies, practices, and programs associated with the public right-of-way.

Examples of field inventory forms:

Example of a completed field inventory form:

Examples of self-evaluations (inventories):

Transition planning step 3: Transition plan/Program access plan (Action Plan)

Examples of transition plans:

Summary of requirements for local agencies receiving federal funding

Accessibility of website requirements

Basis of requirements: Laws, regulations, and case law

Washington State law

Federal laws, regulations, and case law

U.S. Dept. of Justice info

Design & construction info.

Funding info.

Equipment loan program

Local Programs loans the following equipment to local agencies. Contact the
Local Agency ADA & Traffic Specialist to get started.

  • 2 foot smart level
  • 4 foot smart level
  • Ball bank indicator
  • Radar speed gun 

Accessible pedestrian signal & pushbutton (APS) policy

Agencies should have an accessible pedestrian signal and pushbutton (APS) policy when they have or get requests for APS and APS is not covered in the agency's ADA transition plan or program access plan.

Examples of accessible pedestrian signal and pushbutton (APS) policies: