WASHINGTON – The Justice Department today announced an agreement with the city of Port St. Lucie, Fla., 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 to bring state and local governments into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This agreement is the 168th under Project Civic Access and the seventh this year.
"Port St. Lucie officials recognize that civic access is a civil right and I applaud them for committing to ensure that residents and visitors with disabilities have equal access to city programs, services and facilities," said Loretta King, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division.
Under today’s agreement, the city will:
Project Civic Access was initiated 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 across the country in order 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.
People interested in finding out more about the ADA, today’s agreement with the city of Port St. Lucie, Fla., or the Department’s Project Civic Access initiative may 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).