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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

Disability Community Participation

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

Self-evaluation Resources:

All local agencies are required to evaluate all services, policies, and practicies 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 Plans


Examples of transition plans

APS Policies

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