Justice Department announces new Project Civic Access agreements

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Norfolk County, Mass.; Daviess County, Ky.; and the city of Madison, Indiana have signed agreements with the Department of Justice to “improve access to all aspects of civic life for individuals with disabilities,” as part of a long-running initiative to enforce the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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As part of the Project Civic Access initiative, the Justice Department has now reached 193 agreements with various cities, towns and counties. The most recent agreements, prompted by investigations by DOJ investigators, attorneys and architects, provide a three-year timetable for the ADA regulations to be met.

“More than twenty years after the ADA became law, the Justice Department continues its vigilant efforts to ensure nationwide compliance with the ADA, which guarantees equal access for individuals with disabilities in our 21st century society,” said Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, in a news release.

The initiative website provides a pamphlet outlining common ADA problems, such as building entrances, parking lots and signs that pose accessibility restrictions for people with disabilities. The ADA, passed in 1990, requires that all facilities constructed or altered after January 26, 1992 comply with the ADA Standards for Accessible Design.