WASHINGTON – The Justice Department today announced an agreement with Fayette County, Pa., to improve access to all aspects of civic life for persons with disabilities. The agreement was reached under the Department’s Project Civic Access initiative, which aims to bring state and local governments into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This agreement is the 167th under Project Civic Access.
The Project Civic Access initiative was created to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate in civic life. As part of the project, Department investigators, attorneys, and architects conduct on-site surveys of state and local government programs and facilities throughout the country to identify modifications needed for compliance with ADA requirements. The agreements contain a plan setting out the specific steps a community will take to improve access for persons with disabilities.
"Civic access is a basic civil right guaranteed to all, and today’s agreement illustrate’s Fayette County’s commitment to improving access for its residents and visitors with disabilities," said Acting Assistant Attorney General Loretta King of the Civil Rights Division. "County officials are to be commended for working to ensure equal access to its programs, services and facilities for all residents, including persons with disabilities."
Fayette County is located in western Pennsylvania, close to Virginia. According to census data, approximately 145,651 residents make it their home and more than 23 percent of those individuals have a disability. Founded in 1783, Fayette County’s seat is Uniontown.
Under its agreement, the county will:
People interested in finding out more about the ADA, today’s agreement with Fayette County, Pa., or the Department’s Project Civic Access initiative can find this information on the ADA Web site at http://www.ada.gov or may call the toll-free ADA Information Line at (800) 514-0301 or (800) 514-0383 (TTY).