The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life.
Pierce County is required under Title II of the ADA to develop a Self-Evaluation Report (28 CFR § 35.105) and an ADA Transition Plan (28 CFR § 35.150) regarding bringing pedestrian facilities into compliance with the ADA. Both efforts focus on county-owned facilities within the public road right-of-way in unincorporated Pierce County.
The Self-Evaluation Report details examined county policies and whether existing pedestrian facilities located in the public right-of-way are in compliance with the ADA.
The ADA Transition Plan outlines how Pierce County will bring these pedestrian facilities into compliance with the ADA.
Conducted an inventory of pedestrian facilities to evaluate ADA compliance. The initial effort lasted from Summer 2013 to Spring 2015. Since 2015, staff have maintained this inventory as new facilities were built or improved.
Reviewed existing policies and created new policies to ensure compliance with ADA standards for future road projects.
Gathered feedback from the public about:
which types of pedestrian facility defects pose the biggest impact to accessibility
which locations are most important for the public to be able to reach without barriers to access
The feedback was gathered during four public meetings held in November 2014 and from an online survey.