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How to Develop an ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan

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Jodi Petersen

FHWA Division Civil Rights
Program Manager

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Slide # 2 depicts the USDOT and USDOJ emblems.


• Required of all entities
• Rehabilitation Act of 1973
• USDOT Implementing Regulations (49 CFR 27)
• Americans w/Disabilities Act of 1990
• DOJ Implementing Regulations (28 CFR 35)

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• Purpose & Scope
• Identify barriers in programs & activities that prevents persons with disabilities from access (includes evaluation of policies/practices)
• Key - provide equivalent access to the maximum extent feasible

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Slide # 4 depicts 3 images; on the left, there is a male in a wheelchair exiting a curb ramp and entering the path of traffic, the middle photograph depicts an individual traveling up a curb ramp onto the exiting sidewalk, the third phot on the right depicts a wheelchair bound individualand a cracked section of sidewalk.


broken pavement in crosswalk 2

• Curbs/Slopes

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Slide # 5 depicts two photographs:the photo in the background to the left is of a pole where ped signalization has been installed. The photgraph in the forground to the right is a close-up of a ped signal being activated by a pedestrian.


• Communication Devices

Slide - 6 depicts two photographs: the photo to the left represents a construction work-zone that does not have the appropriate path of travel established for pedestrians in general and for persons with disabilities in particular. The second photo depicts a construction work zone with a proper temporary path of travel.


• Construction Work Zones

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• Identifying Barriers within public right-of-way
• Curbs
• Sidewalks
• Pedestrian Crossings
• Pedestrian Signals
• Shared Use Trails
• Parking Lots
• Bus Stops

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• Developing the Evaluation
• Agency commitment
• Funding
• Staff resources (i.e., survey/maintenance staff, interns) or contract with knowledgeable consultants

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Slide # 9 depicts twp pictures; the one in the background to the upper right shows a female in an electric wheelchair adjacent to a section of trucated domes (detectable warnings) and a curb cut. The second phot to the left in the foreground depicts someone on a segway.


• Methods
• Field inspections/surveys (form/checklist)
• GIS (recording locations/measurements)
• Segway (profiler for reading slopes)

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• Critical Areas to Evaluate
• Public right-of-way accessing government offices, medical facilities, downtown core areas, school zones, residential areas, et al
• Rest Areas, parks, shared use trails
• Access to public buildings (permit/licensing offices, public meeting rooms, etc.)

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• End Result
• Inventory (and details) of facilities where structural modifications are needed to make facilities accessible to persons with disabilities
• Foundation for Transition Plan
• Maintain in file/available for public inspection for 3 yrs from date of completion

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Slide # 12 contains two graphics; the graphic near the top right is a label for an ADA Transition Plan and Pedestrian Master plan. The second graphic depicts the slogan Barrier Busters/Access Anacortes (Spanish) with a disabled logo adapted from a no access symbol.

Transition Plan

• Required by Rehabilitation Act and the ADA
• 50 plus employees (entire agency)
• Public input

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Transition Plan

• Purpose & Scope
• Set forth steps necessary to complete modifications identified through self- evaluation (those areas not covered in a previously developed plan)
• Provide a schedule for completing modifications
• DOJ reference to Program Access Plan

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Transition Plan

• Content (at a minimum)
• Identify physical obstacles
• Describe the methods to make facilities accessible
• Specify the schedule for achieving completion (if longer than 1 year, identify steps to be taken each year but as expeditiously as possible)

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Transition Plan

• Content (cont.)
• Identify official responsible for implementation of plan
• Estimated Cost of each modification
• Status column to record completion date

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Slide 16 depicts Transition Plan (Transition Plan Matrix Explanation)

Transition Plan

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Transition Plan

• Examples of Plans
• Rancho Cordova, CA
• Sacramento, CA

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Transition Plan

• Important things to remember
• Prioritize modifications (using same criteria as self-evaluation)
• Coordinate/integrate schedule of modifications with planned alterations (paving, building, utility work)
• Inform/educate persons with authority over budget/prioritizing projects

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Transition Plan

• Important things to remember
• Transition Plan is a living document - evolving planning & monitoring tool
• As boundaries grow, so does the need to incorporate acquired facilities into Self- Evaluation/Transition Plan process
• Special Requests/Complaints & Transition Plan schedule

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Slide # 20 depicts two photos; the phot to the left depicts a sidewalk with the furniture zone viewable. the second photo to the right shows a different type of sidewalk.



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