Signed into law in 1990, the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) is a comprehensive civil rights law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability. The law protects the rights of individuals with disabilities in employment, access to state and local government services, places of public accommodation, transportation and other important areas of life.
The ADA also requires newly designed and constructed or altered state and local government facilities, public accommodations and commercial facilities to be readily accessible to and able to be used by those with disabilities.
Frankfort, like all public entities, is required to evaluate its current services, policies and practices to ensure all requirements of the ADA are met. Part of this evaluation is the inclusion of interested persons, including those with disabilities and organizations representing those with disabilities to participate in the City’s self-evaluation process.
City officials adopted an ADA Grievance Procedure recently and appointed Frankfort Building Inspector Sam Payne as the City’s ADA administrator. Frankfort enforces all state and federal ADA regulations during project reviews, including all construction and remodel projects. All sidewalk projects are inspected to ensure such items as widths, ramps and curbs adhere to ADA specifications.
The City’s ADA Transition Plan is being finalized to ensure Frankfort’s transportation system is ADA-compliant. Assessments on all City-owned buildings currently are being done. Assessments of City parking lots and parks will be done between September and December of this year. All of these steps are designed to ensure ADA standards are followed for new and/or remodeled municipal buildings, sidewalks, parking areas and the City’s parks so all disabled residents and visitors to the City can feel a part of the community.
The Department of Building Services is leading the way in this effort. Those who are disabled are encouraged to contact Payne at 654-5278 or firstname.lastname@example.org with suggestions on how City officials can improve their overall plan.
Please be a voice in this important process!