ADA celebrates 12th birthday with civic compliance

ADA celebrates 12th birthday with civic compliance

On this day 12 years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act mandated equal access to public facilities for disabled persons. Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998 extended equal access to public information and electronic systems, and many agencies met the accessibility deadline a year ago.

Now the Justice Department is extending enforcement of ADA through Project Civic Access, which responds to citizen complaints about physical and communications barriers in their cities, towns and villages.

Since 2000, Justice has signed compliance agreements with 48 state and local jurisdictions, listed at www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/civicac.htm. This week Fernandina Beach, Fla., San Antonio, Texas, Springfield, Miss., and Summers County, W.Va., were the latest to agree to update their Web pages, library computers, telephone systems and physical facilities for easier use by disabled residents.

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