Charlottesville seeks input on update of accessibility plan

The city of Charlottesville is in the early stages of updating a plan that seeks to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The federal legislation became effective in 1990 and requires localities to make sure public facilities can be accessed by anyone. 

In Charlottesville, that means the update of a Transition Plan with work underway. The last version was adopted by Council on June 3, 2013. 

“While we are continuously working on improving accessibility, an updated Transition Plan will help us benchmark where we are now and develop a roadmap for where we can be in the future,” said Paul Rudacille, the city’s ADA coordinator. 

As part of the work, crews have completed a self assessment of 165 miles of sidewalk owned by the city to identify potential barriers. This fall, the city’s parks and other facilities will be reviewed as will services. 

Nothing happens in this community without a survey. There’s a longform version that takes up to ten minutes to fill out. There’s also a shorter one.

The city has hired the firm Precision Infrastructure Management to oversee production of the new plan. 

There will also be a town hall meeting on September 20. 

The 2013 ADA Transition Plan features steps for Charlottesville Area Transit to improve compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. (view the 2013 plan)

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