ADA Transition Plan
What is an ADA Transition Plan?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal civil rights law that mandates equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities to help build a better community for all of us. The ADA encompasses all types of disabilities and includes requirements for not just buildings and parks, but for programs, events, and services.
The federal government mandates that public agencies have an ADA Transition Plan, schedule and budget to achieve ADA Compliance and provide annual updates to the progress of the plan.
Importance of the ADA
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal civil rights law that mandates equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities. The ADA prohibits discrimination in access to:
- public accommodations
- government services
- public transportation
Access is important to all of us and the requirements of the ADA help to build a better community for all of us. The ADA encompasses all types of disabilities and includes requirements for not just buildings and parks, but for programs, events, and services.
How is the plan being developed?
BREC is working with ADA compliance specialists Altura Solutions to audit all of our current facilities and parks to determine the level of compliance. The consultants will also be evaluating BREC's programs and services offered to the public. The final document will include these analyses and a projected schedule for compliance with a proposed budget. As a part of the schedule, a priority matrix will be created to reflect the local community's input.
- March – June 2018: Completed Audit of all Programs and Policies
- April – September 2018: Completed physical audit of all BREC Park sites & facilities
- May 1, 2018: Public Input Forum # 1, complete 2 sessions of in-person public engagement and online surveys
- June – October 2018: Compile audit findings and Establish Procedures
- September 18, 2018: Public Input Forum # 2 scheduled
- October 2018: Completion of Comprehensive Transition Plan and Presentation to the BREC Commission for approval and acceptance of plan
Did you know that:
- 11% of Louisianans under the age of 65 have a disability
- 35.6% of Louisianans over the age of 65 have a disability
- Approximately 20% of Americans have a disability
- Our country has over 3.8 million disabled Veterans
- Our country has over 76.4 million Baby Boomers aging in place
- After the age of 65; there is an 80% chance of having a disability
In 2015, 34.9% of people with disabilities in the US were employed compared to 76.0% for people without disabilities - a gap of 41.1 percentage points
Figures below from 2016 Disability Statistics Annual Report via disabilitycompendium.org.
Providing Your Input
Open House Meeting - Tuesday, September 18
Goals for September 18 Open House Meeting
- Provide an update on the project schedule
- Demonstrate a summary of the input collected to-date and provide the opportunity to add/change things if we are off track
- Provide the priority matrix for final comment
- Collect final input