Arlington-Arlington Receives Municipal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Improvement Grant

Funds the preparation of a ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan

 

The Arlington Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) is pleased to announce that the Town of Arlington received a Municipal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Improvement Grant from the Massachusetts Office of Disability in the amount of $40,000. The Town of Arlington will use the grant funds, in addition to matching funds from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, to hire a consultant to complete an ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan.

 

The ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan will be wholly compliant with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, including modifications made by the ADA amendments of 2008 and up to December 2018. The Disability Commission, Department of Public Works, Engineering Division, Park and Recreation Commission, Facilities Department, and the Department of Planning and Community Development will work together on the ADA Self Evaluation Plan. The Transition Plan will give the Town a comprehensive list of the necessary improvements, the estimated cost, and a timeline to implement the improvements.

 

“The ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan will enable the Town to determine which of the programs and activities are not in compliance with ADA requirements and will provide a summary of architectural and programmatic barriers with proposed solutions anda timeline for the Town to make the necessary modifications,” said Jack Jones, ADA Coordinator for the Town of Arlington. “The Town of Arlington strives to make facilities and programs accessible to all residents and this project will provide a strategy to continue improvement.”

 

The Town has solicited proposals for consultants and is currently reviewing their qualifications with the intention of having a firm under contract in February 2019. For additional information about the ADA Self Evaluation and Transition Plan, please contact Julie Wayman, CDBG Administrator, in the Planning Department at 781-316-3094 or jwayman@town.arlington.ma.us or visit http://www.arlingtonma.gov/planning.

 

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