On July 26, 2011, the Department of Justice entered into a settlement agreement with Norfolk County, Massachusetts, under title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).
The Department of Justice initiated a compliance review of Norfolk County in June, 2008 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. The Department’s June, 2008 on-site review team surveyed the County’s buildings, programs and services. County staff worked cooperatively with the Department throughout the compliance review process and during negotiations in order to reach an agreement.
The settlement agreement with Norfolk County addresses the following County facilities: Norfolk County Superior Court, Dedham District Court, Registry Building, Stoughton District Courthouse, Wrentham District Courthouse, Brookline District Courthouse, County Administration Building, Wollaston Recreational Facility, Norfolk County Agricultural High School, Quincy District Court, County Administrative Offices and the President’s Golf Course.
The text of the settlement agreement specifies the modifications that Norfolk County will be making to its programs, services, and facilities. Among other things, the County has agreed to:
This agreement is the 191st under the PCA initiative. Norfolk County consists of twenty-eight eastern Massachusetts communities, mostly located to the south and west of Boston. The County was incorporated as a regional governmental entity in 1793, and has its county seat at the town of Dedham. Norfolk County is known as the “County of Presidents” because it is the birthplace of four Presidents of the United States: John Adams (Braintree/modern day Quincy), John Quincy Adams (Quincy), John F. Kennedy (Brookline), and George Herbert Walker Bush (Milton).
The settlement agreement will remain in effect for three years from July 26, 2011. The Department will actively monitor compliance with the agreement, which will remain in effect until the Department has confirmed that all required actions have been completed.
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