The City is preparing an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan for public buildings, parks, and public rights-of-way. In addition, the project will include an ADA Self-Evaluation of policies, programs, procedures, and communications. The resulting Plan will identify barriers to accessibility, methods for improving access, establish a timeline and costs for removing ADA barriers, identify the person responsible for title II compliance, and involve people with disabilities in the preparation of the Plan. The Plan will provide a strategic approach and tools for continued access improvements as the City implements its ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan in the coming years.
Community Outreach and Public Input Opportunities
The City welcomes public input and participation for the project and there will be several opportunities for the public to participate in the Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan project. Upcoming opportunities are listed below, and additional opportunities will be posted once dates are confirmed.
- *NEW* Americans with Disabilities Act Committee – March 14, 2019 – An introduction of the ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan Project will be presented to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Committee. For additional information and details about the ADA Committee and meeting, please visit the Committee's webpage.
- *NEW* Community Outreach Event No. 1 – April 11, 2019 – The City will be hosting a community outreach event to introduce the ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan project. The event will include a presentation about the project and an opportunity to ask questions and provide input. The event is Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 6:30 PM in the Margie Edinger Room at the Central Park Library, 2635 Homestead Road, Santa Clara, CA 95051.
- Community Outreach Event No. 2 – Date to be determined
- Americans with Disabilities Act Committee – Date to be determined
- Santa Clara City Council Meeting – Date to be determined
Facilities in which City programs and services are provided to the public will be evaluated for accessibility. The list of facilities being evaluated can be found at the link below. Please note that this list is subject to change through the course of the project as the Self-Evaluation of the City’s programs and services progresses.
ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan Report
A report summarizing the Self-Evaluation and a transition plan to remove structural barriers will be made available and circulated for public comments. Please visit this site for updates.
Process and Timeline
January 2019 through August 2019:
- Evaluation of City policies and programs and recommendations to improve access for people with disabilities.
- Detailed evaluation and reports identifying potential physical barriers to accessibility in City buildings, parking lots and parks.
- An evaluation and mapping of City managed public sidewalks, intersections, curb ramps and other pedestrian features in the public right-of-way.
March 2019 through February 2020
- Public engagement through working with the City’s ADA Committee (2 meetings), Public Outreach Events (2 events) and website informational updates.
- Prioritization of City buildings, parks and pedestrian features for the removal of physical barriers working with staff and public stakeholders.
September 2019 through February 2020
- The preparation of a draft and final report for adoption by the Santa Clara City Council.
For more information about the ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan Project, please contact Vincent Luchessi at (408) 615-3048, or vluchessi@SantaClaraCA.gov.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the City of Santa Clara will ensure that all existing facilities will be made accessible to the maximum extent feasible. Reasonable modifications in policies, procedures and/or practices will be made as necessary to ensure full and equal access and enjoyment of all programs and activities for all individuals with a disability. Individuals with severe allergies, environmental illness, multiple chemical sensitivity or related disabilities should contact the City's ADA office (408) 615-3000, to discuss meeting accessibility. In order to allow participation by such individuals, please do not wear scented products to meetings at City facilities.