ADA Transition Plan - Part 1
The City is required to have a Transition Plan under Title II of the ADA. Congress passed the ADA in 1990 to protect people with disabilities from discrimination because of their disabilities. Although there are five titles in the ADA, Titles I and II of the ADA are the most applicable to local governments.
One of the first areas the City evaluated was how the City staff communicated with members of the public. The City must ensure that its communications with individuals with disabilities are equally effective as communications with non-disabled people. It must provide auxiliary aids and services, alternate formats, or modifications to policies and practices as necessary to achieve effective communications.
Beaverton’s commitment to being an inclusive and welcoming community fits well with the ADA requirements of providing equal access to City governance so that people with disabilities can be informed, engaged participants in civic life.
The City is required to review all of its laws, regulations, and policies to ensure that its laws do not discriminate against a person with disabilities on the basis of their disability. The ADA requires the City to make reasonable modifications to these laws, regulations, and policies if they intentionally or unintentionally discriminate against or adversely affect people with disabilities.
This chapter describes the general recommendations that have emerged as overall themes during the process of completing the self-evaluation and preparing the transition plan.
The City currently owns seven buildings. The City also leases space in three buildings. The City last conducted a comprehensive review of physical accessibility in 1992. This chapter of the Transition Plan summarizes the results of the physical accessibility evaluations in the buildings that it owns and leases. Appendix E includes a table with a timeline for removal of barriers.
Generally speaking, the ADA requires that City programs, services, and activities be accessible to individuals with disabilities when viewed in their entirety, and requires reasonable modifications to policies, practices, and procedures to achieve access. Communication with people with disabilities must be equally effective as with others. The ADA does not require the City to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services, or impose an undue financial or administrative burden.
Access the Appendices of Part 1.