On April 27, the Department of Justice entered into a settlement agreement with the City of Independence, Kansas, under title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).
The Department of Justice initiated a compliance review of the City of Independence in July, 2009, as part of Project Civic Access, a Department initiative to ensure greater access for persons with disabilities to state and local government programs, services, activities, and facilities. An on-site survey of the City's buildings, programs, and services was conducted in November, 2009. City staff worked cooperatively with the Department throughout the compliance review process in order to reach an agreement.
Facilities covered by the agreement include: River Beach Family Aquatic Center, Ash Youth Center, Independence Public Library, Independence Memorial & Civic Center, Ralph Mitchell Zoo, Riverside Park, Emmot Field, City Hall, Police Department, and Fire Department.
The Department also reviewed the City's polling places, emergency management procedures, employment policies, sidewalks, and 9-1-1 emergency services.
The text of the settlement agreement specifies the modifications the City of Independence will be making to its programs, services, and facilities. Among other things, the City has agreed to:
The agreement requires most actions to be completed within three years. For the required accessibility modifications to sidewalks, pedestrian crossings, transportation stops and curb ramps, the city will work with the disability community to prioritize and complete these modifications within five years. The department will actively monitor compliance with the agreement until it has confirmed that all required actions have been completed.
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April 27, 2011