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

Sidewalk with ground level perspective and a level 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.

Answers to common questions

Disabled community participation

Resources in Washington State to identify disabled users of the public right of way (pdf 220 kb)

ADA Coordinator, Notice, & Grievance procedure Resources

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

Self-eval. (inventory) resources:

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 plan resources


Examples of transition plans

APS policy resources

Questions and answers

Answers about Accessible Pedestrian Signals and Pushbuttons (APS) (pdf 326 kb)


Accessible Pedestrian Signals: A Guide to Best Practices (NCHRP W117A), 2007 (pdf 7.3 Mb)

Examples of accessible pedestrian signal and pushbutton (APS) policies

What's new

  • FHWA recorded webinar from March 1, 2016 on requirements for curb ramps during resurfacing (See Guidance section)
  • FHWA Transcript from March 1, 2016 webinar

Summary of requirements

Laws, regulations, and case law

Washington State law

Federal laws, regulation, and case law

U.S. Dept. of Justice

Design & construction


Training & conferences

Training classes, webinars, and videos