The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law that mandates equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities.  The ADA prohibits discrimination in access to jobs, public accommodations, government services, public transportation, and telecommunications.  Title II of the ADA also requires that all programs, services, and activities (PSs) of public entities provide equal access for individuals with disabilities.

The City of Paris has undertaken a comprehensive evaluation of its PSAs to determine the extent that individuals with disabilities may be restricted in their access.

The City of Paris is obligated to observe all requirements of Title I in its employment practices; Title II in its policies, programs, and services; any parts of Titles IV and V that apply to the City and its programs, services, or facilities; and all requirements specified in the 2010 ADA Standards and 2011 Proposed Accessibility Guidelines for Pedestrian Facilities in the Public Right-of-Way (PROAG) that apply to facilities and other physical holdings.

 

Title II has the broadest impact on the City.  Included in Title II are administrative requirements for all government entities employing more than 50 people.  These administrative requirements are:

  • Completion of a Self-Evaluation;
  • Development of an ADA complaint procedure;
  • Designation of at least one (1) person who is responsible for overseeing Title II compliance; and
  • Development of a Transition Plan to schedule the removal of the barriers uncovered by the Self-Evaluation process.  The Transition Plan will become a working document until all barriers have been addressed.

 

This document describes the process developed to complete the evaluation of the City of Paris’s PSAs and facilities, provides possible solutions to remove programmatic barriers, and presents a Transition Plan for the modification of facilities and public rights-of-way to improve accessibility, which will guide the planning and implementation of necessary program and facility modifications over the next 30 years.  The ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan is significant in that it establishes the City’s ongoing commitment to the development and maintenance of PSAs and facilities that accommodate all its citizenry.

To read the complete ADA Transition Plan Summary click here.