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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Policies and Best Practices

Sidewalk with ground level perspective and a level According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 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



Future Requirements

Requirements for Projects with Federal Funding

Resources for Projects on State Highways

Correspondence (Guidance) from U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and from U.S. Department of Justice's (USDOJ) Civil Rights Division

Best Practices: General

Best Practices: Street Trees in Planting Strips

Best Practices: Self-evaluation inventories, Transition Plans, and Accessible Pedestrian Signal and Pushbutton Policies 


Examples of field inventory forms

Example of a completed field inventory form

Examples of self-evaluation inventories

Examples of transition plans

Best Practices: Accessible Pedestrian Signals and Pushbuttons (APS)

Questions and Answers


Examples of accessible pedestrian signal and pushbutton (APS) policies