ADA Transition Plan
The federal legislation known as the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), enacted on July 26, 1990 and later amended effective January 1, 2009, provides comprehensive civil rights protections to qualified persons with disabilities from discrimination on the basis of disability. Title II of the ADA prohibits discrimination in all services, programs, and activities provided to persons with disabilities by State and local governments, including transportation. Local public agencies (LPA) with more than 50 full or part-time employees are required to perform self-evaluations of their current facilities relative to the accessibility requirements of the ADA and then establish a plan to correct any deficiencies. A self-evaluation is also required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act for all entities receiving federal financial assistance, including federal highway aid for transportation projects. The process of self-evaluation for accessibility provides a framework for communities to develop a Transition Plan that identifies barriers, prioritizes actions to address barriers and then sets forth a schedule to implement those actions.
Under Title II of the ADA the City is required to:
- Designate officials responsible for implementation;
- Provide public notice and opportunity for public participation;
- Develop a grievance procedure;
- Adopt design standards and guidelines;
- Prepare a self-evaluation;
- Schedule and budget for improvements to achieve compliance; and
- Monitor progress
This Transition Plan incorporates these elements and provides a method for the City of Aurora to schedule and implement required improvements as it pertains to pedestrian sidewalks ramps within the public right-of-way.
The City of Aurora has more than 50 employees (full-time and part-time) and is therefore required to develop a public right-of-way accessibility transition plan. This plan will serve as a guide for the City to detail the processes by which accessibility deficiencies will be addressed. The plan is available through the link below.
The name and contact information for the ADA Coordinator for the City of Aurora is:
Brian Witkowski, P.E., CFM, CSI, Professional Engineer
Public Works - Engineering
44 E. Downer Pl (mailing address)
Aurora, IL 60507
Public Involvement Opportunities
The City previously held a public information to present the Transition Plan and solicit comments. When an update is found to alter the intent of the City of Aurora’s Transition Plan, the attachment and affected section(s) will be posted for public review and comment.
Any resident may address their concerns or comments to the ADA Coordinator. Forms to provide comments can be found in the Transition Plan, along with instructions on how to submit comments.