The Justice Department today announced an agreement with Schuylkill County, Pa., to improve access to all aspects of civic life for persons with disabilities. The agreement was reached under Project Civic Access (PCA), the department’s initiative to ensure that cities, towns and counties throughout the country comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
“All individuals have a civil right to equal access to civic facilities, programs and services, and the ADA guarantees that right for individuals with disabilities,” said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division.
PCA ensures that persons with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate in civic life, a fundamental part of American society. As part of PCA, the Justice Department surveys state and local government facilities, services and programs in communities across the country to identify the modifications needed to comply with the ADA requirements. The agreements address the steps each community must take to improve access.
Under the agreement announced today, Schuylkill County will take important steps to improve access for individuals with disabilities, including:
Today’s agreement was reached under Title II of the ADA, which prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities by state and local governments. The agreement will remain in effect for three years. The department will monitor compliance with the agreement until the required actions have been completed.
People interested in finding out more about the ADA, today’s agreement with Schuylkill County, the PCA initiative or the ADA Best Practices Tool Kit for state and local governments can access the ADA webpage ator call the toll-free ADA Information Line at (800) 514-0301 or (800) 514-0383 (TDD).