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Legal issues are abundant in terms of compliance of government institutions with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Learn about the law here, but also consider UD approaches to go beyond the law in areas such as procurement, website accessibility, parking lot accessibility, forms and materials or emergency preparedness. In adddition to the resources on this page, to search for more related information, you can go to our Search Page.
This summary report describes a review conducted to determine the extent to which local governments in Wisconsin have developed e-government to deliver information and services electronically via the Internet.
Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau
This pdf document maps a timeline for a city to implement universal design principles in 15 years; in this case in Victoria, Australia. It looks briefly at the demographic of people with disabilities and states ten accessibility guiding principles and thirty strategic recommendations that can be implemented city-wide for all the citizens. The document serves as an example for other municipalities.
Disability Advisory Council of Victoria
This article by the U.S. Department of Housing provides information on the housing accessibility requirements for both private and federally assisted housing.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
"The Tool Kit is designed to teach state and local government officials how to identify and fix problems that prevent people with disabilities from gaining equal access to state and local government programs, services, and activities. It will also teach state and local officials how to conduct accessibility surveys of their buildings and facilities to identify and remove architectural barriers to access."
US Department of Justice
This website has updated ADA guidelines, regulations, and rights for people with service animals.
This website explains the requirements of state and local governments for making all of civic life accessible to persons with disabilities.
U.S. Department of Justice
This article reports on research completed as part of a contract from the U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board. The goals of the project were to complete a state of the art review on the subject of automated doors and develop recommendations for revising the ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) in light of the findings. These recommendations address both scoping criteria when and if automated doors should be required, and technical criteria how they should be designed if they are used in buildings.
The Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access
This website offers comprehensive information about disability specific preparedness for emergencies and provides links for more information.
This web page guide includes emergency evacuation plans, including how to include employees with disabilities in such plans. Links are available to a checklist and resources. If employers covered by the ADA opt to have such plans they are required to include people with disabilities. Further, employers who do not have emergency evacuation plans may nonetheless have to address emergency evacuation for employees with disabilities as a reasonable accommodation under Title I of the ADA. In addition, employers in certain industries may have obligations to develop emergency evacuation plans under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) or under state and local law.
Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
This checklist (1995) will help you identify accessibility problems and solutions in existing facilities in order to meet your obligations under the ADA, however may be outdated with regard to specific updates in the law.
Barrier Free Environments, Inc. and Adaptive Environments Center, Inc.
A tip sheet for communicating with individuals who are deaf and hard-of-hearing.
This government website provides information on making the various areas of a recreation facility accessible.