ATTACHMENT K: Program Access in Existing Facilities

Please Note: Paragraph 55 of the Agreement requires that within three months of the effective date of this Agreement, the County will provide signage as necessary to comply with 28 C.F.R. § 35.163(b), after having surveyed all facilities that are the subject of this Agreement for the purpose of identifying those that have multiple entrances not all of which are accessible.

The technical requirements and, where appropriate, the scoping requirements of the Standards are used as a guide for determining whether a program or activity held in an existing facility is “readily accessible to and usable by” persons with disabilities and for determining what changes are necessary to make this program or activity accessible if it continues to be provided in the existing facility in question.  See 28 C.F.R. §§ 35.150(b)(1), 35.151.

The chart below lists the facilities surveyed by the Department, the access issues identified during the survey, and the actions required to correct the access issues.  Required actions are listed using an alphanumeric code.  The key to the alphanumeric codes is provided in Attachment M to this Agreement. 

In order to ensure that the programs, services, and activities housed in the County's facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities, when viewed in their entirety, the County will take the actions referenced by the alphanumeric code and described in detail in Attachment M to this Settlement Agreement within the time period specified below, which time period begins to run on the effective date of the Agreement.

Item #

Access Issue

Required Action

Completion Date

1.

Circuit Courthouse, located at 813 Lincolnway, LaPorte 

   

1.1.

The curb ramp at the sidewalk near the raised walkway is inaccessible because it has a slope of 10.4%.

AR5

12 Months

1.2.

The exterior ramp to the raised walkway near the public courthouse entrance is inaccessible because it slopes up to 9.2%, lacks a level landing, and the wooden handrails are not smooth and do not conform to required dimensions.

R5

12 Months

1.3.

First Floor Surveyor's Office Service Counter

   

1.3.a.

The service counter is inaccessible because it is 42½ inches high.

C6

12 Months

1.3.b.

The service counter protrudes into the walkway and is not detectable to blind persons using a cane.

AR8

12 Months

1.4.

First Floor Public Toilet Rooms with Stalls

   

1.4.a.

The Men's toilet room with 3 stalls contains a number of inaccessible elements and is not accessible to people with disabilities.

ST14 

12 Months

1.4.b.

The Women's toilet room with 5 stalls contains a number of inaccessible elements and is not accessible to people with disabilities.

ST14

12 Months

1.5.

Drinking Fountains

   

1.5.a.

Although a designated accessible drinking fountain is provided on the first floor, there is no drinking fountain provided for people who have difficulty bending or stooping.

DF3

12 Months

1.5.b.

The second floor drinking fountain is inaccessible because the spout is higher than 36 inches above the finished floor, it provides insufficient knee space height, width, and depth, does not provide an adequate front or side approach, the water flow is not at least 4 inches high and the controls require more than 5 pounds of pressure to operate.   

DF1

12 Months

1.5.c.

The third floor drinking fountain in inaccessible because it has a spout that is 42 inches high, hardware that requires grasping and twisting to operate, it provides insufficient knee space height, width, and depth, and does not provide an adequate front or side approach.      

DF1

12 Months

1.6.

Elevator

   

1.6.a.

The elevator is inaccessible because the hall lanterns do not emit an audible signal indicating when a car is answering a call.

E11

12 Months

1.6.b.

The elevator is inaccessible because the emergency communication system is not identified by a raised symbol and lettering located adjacent to the device. 

E8

12 Months

1.7.

Interior Accessible Routes

   

1.7.a.

The second floor hallway route is inaccessible because there is insufficient headroom underneath the stairway to the third floor.

AR7

12 Months

1.7.b.

The computer kiosk on the second floor protrudes into the walkway and is not detectable to blind persons using a cane.

AR8

12 Months

1.8.

The computer kiosk is inaccessible because the keyboard is on a table 42 inches high.

C3

12 Months

1.9.

The door to the Geographic Information Systems office on the second floor is inaccessible because there is a 1 inch high threshold.

D23

12 Months

1.10.

Circuit Court – Third Floor

   

1.10.a.

The Circuit Courtroom judge's bench, witness stand, and jury box are inaccessible because they can be accessed only by steps.

AA8, AR2

12 Months

1.10.b.

The public entrance door to the Circuit Courtroom is inaccessible because it requires 11 pounds of force to open, knob hardware is used, and there is a 1½ inch high threshold.  The door, which has both a closer and a latch and is accessed through a front approach, on the pull and push sides of the door, has only 3 inches of maneuvering clearance space on the pull side, and only 2 inches of maneuvering clearance on the push side.

D18

12 Months

1.10.c.

There is no signage informing the public of the availability of an assistive listening system in the courtroom.

AA3

12 Months

1.10.d.

The hallway and courtroom doors to the Circuit Court jury deliberation room are inaccessible because knob hardware is used.

D1  

12 Months

1.10.d.1)

The door from the Circuit Courtroom to the jury deliberation room is inaccessible because it requires 12 pounds of force to open.

D2

12 Months

1.11.

The men's and women's toilet rooms for the jury room contain a number of inaccessible elements and are not accessible to people with disabilities.

TR22

12 Months

1.12.

Magistrate Courtroom (medium size)

   

1.12.a.

The Magistrate's bench and witness stand are inaccessible because they can be accessed only by steps. 

AA8

12 Months

1.12.b.

The entry door to the Magistrate courtroom, which is accessed from the latch side of the door, is inaccessible because it has insufficient maneuvering clearance on the push side, knob hardware is used, and there is a 1 1/4 inch high threshold.    

D18

12 Months

1.12.c.

There is no signage informing the public of the availability of an assistive listening system.

AA3

12 Months

1.12.d.

The assistive listening devices are inaccessible because they do not have working batteries. 

M1

12 Months

1.13.

Magistrate Courtroom (small size)

   

1.13.a.

The Magistrate's bench is inaccessible because it can be accessed only by steps.

AA8

12 Months

1.13.b.

The entry door to the “small” Magistrate courtroom, which is accessed from the latch side of the door, is inaccessible because there is an obstruction within the maneuvering clearance on the push side, knob hardware is used, and there is a 1 inch high threshold. 

D18 

12 Months

1.13.c.

There is no signage informing the public of the availability of an assistive listening system.

AA3

12 Months

1.13.d.

The carpeting in the small magistrate courtroom is loose and no longer provides a non-slippery surface. 

AR2, M1

12 Months

1.14.

Board of Commissioners' Office: The pull side of the entry door, which is accessed through a front approach, is inaccessible because built-in shelves block the clear space on the latch side.

D6

12 Months

1.15.

Third Floor Public Toilet Rooms with Stalls

   

1.15.a.

The Men's toilet room contains a number of inaccessible elements and is not accessible to people with disabilities.

ST14

12 Months

1.15.b.

The Women's toilet room contains a number of inaccessible elements and is not accessible to people with disabilities.

ST14

12 Months

2.

County Complex, located at 809 State Street, LaPorte     

   

2.1.

The employee parking lot, which has a total of approximately 40 unmarked spaces, is inaccessible because there are no designated accessible parking spaces.  This lot requires 1 van accessible space and 1 standard accessible space.

P3

12 Months

2.2.

The ramp to the raised walkway near the County Complex is inaccessible because no handrails are provided.

R2

12 Months

2.3.

Superior Courtroom #3 (basement)

   

2.3.a.

The door to the courtroom is inaccessible because it requires 8 pounds of force to open.

D2

12 Months

2.3.b.

The judge's bench and jury box are inaccessible because they can be accessed only by steps.

AA8, AR2

12 Months

2.3.c.

The courtroom, containing 40 seats in the gallery, is inaccessible because no wheelchair seating areas are provided.  A total of 2 wheelchair seating areas are required.

AA6

12 Months

2.4.

Drinking Fountains

   

2.4.a.

The drinking fountain on the first floor is inaccessible because the spout is 44 inches high and the control requires 10 pounds of force to operate.

DF1

12 Months

2.4.b.

The drinking fountain on the fifth floor is inaccessible because the spout is 41 inches high.

DF1

12 Months

2.5.

Interior Accessible Route:  The pay telephone on the first floor protrudes into the walkway and is not detectable to blind persons using a cane.

AR8

12 Months

2.6.

Fifth Floor Public Toilet Rooms with Stalls

   

2.6.a.

The Men's toilet room contains a number of inaccessible elements and is not accessible to people with disabilities.

ST14

12 Months

2.6.b.

The Women's toilet room contains a number of inaccessible elements and is not accessible to people with disabilities.

ST14

12 Months

2.7.

Elevator:  The elevator is inaccessible because the hall call buttons are mounted too high, are blocked by an obstruction, and lack visual signals.

E3

12 Months

3.

County Jail, located at the County Complex, 809 State Street, LaPorte

   

3.1.

Although the jail contains an emergency alarm system, in the existing cell areas on the third, fourth, and fifth floors, the alarm system is inaccessible because there are no visual alarms provided in meeting rooms, toilet rooms, and corridors. 

AL1, TR21

12 Months

3.2.

The counters on both sides in the Attorney Visitation room are inaccessible because they are 40 inches high.

PJ7

12 Months

3.3.

The telephones in the existing inmate pods are all inaccessible because the highest operable part of each is 65 inches high.

TT1

12 Months

3.4.

Although there are telephones provided for use by detainees and inmates, a TTY is not provided.

PJ6

12 Months

3.5.

Day Rooms in Pods N4, N5 and N6 have no accessible seating at tables for inmates who use wheelchairs.

PD3

12 Months

3.6.

There is no accessible cell provided in Administrative Isolation.

PJ1

12 Months

4.

Community Correction Center, located at 500 Monroe street, LaPorte 

   

4.1.

The route from the main sidewalk to the exterior public entrance is inaccessible because the surface is not firm, stable and slip-resistant and it is too narrow.

AR1

12 Months

4.2.

The building has no accessible entrance.

D12

12 Months

4.3.

The interior main entrance door is inaccessible because the vestibule is not sufficiently deep.

D3

12 Months

4.4.

The interior route from the main entrance is inaccessible because lockers narrow the width of the route to 21½ inches at the doorway.

AR3

12 Months

4.5.

The Women's toilet room contains a number of inaccessible elements and is not accessible to people with disabilities.

ST14

12 Months

4.6.

There is no accessible Women's shower provided.

B8

12 Months

4.7.

There is no accessible interior route to the Men's residential area on the second floor, which can only be accessed by climbing stairs from the first floor.

AR2, AR9

12 Months

4.8.

The Men's toilet room contains a number of inaccessible elements and is not accessible to people with disabilities.

ST14

12 Months

4.9.

There is no accessible Men's shower provided.

B8

12 Months

4.10.

The telephone is inaccessible because the highest operable part is 56 inches high.

TT1

12 Months

5.

Superior Courthouse, located at 300 Washington Street, Michigan City

   

5.1.

The parking lot, with a total of 29 parking spaces, is inaccessible because it has no spaces designated as accessible.  This lot requires 1 van accessible space and 1 standard accessible space.  

 P3

12 Months

5.2.

There is no accessible route to the payment drop box, which is located out of reach range in a grassy area beyond a chain fence.

AR1, TR4

12 Months

5.3.

The exterior ramp at the main entrance is inaccessible because it slopes up to 9.3%, and does not have handrails on both sides of the ramp that comply with the Standards.

R5 

12 Months

5.4.

Exterior Entrances: The building does not have directional signage posted at inaccessible entrances and does not have the International Symbol of Accessibility posted at accessible entrances.

D16

12 Months

5.5.

Interior Signage:  The permanent room signage provided throughout the facility is inaccessible because it does not have raised and Braille characters.

D26

12 Months

5.6.

The exterior route to the Adult Probation entrance is inaccessible because it requires climbing stairs.

AR1

12 Months

5.7.

The door buzzer at the Adult Probation entrance is inaccessible because it is mounted with the button 57 inches high. 

TR5

12 Months

5.8.

The elevator is inaccessible because the emergency communication system requires tight grasping or pinching to access.

E8

12 Months

5.9.

In the basement, the ramp from the elevator to program areas is inaccessible because it slopes up to 10.2% and there are no handrails.

R5

12 Months

5.10.

The basement drinking fountain is inaccessible because it does not provide clear knee space, the spout is 40 inches high, the control requires more than 5 pounds of force to operate, the water flow height is less than 4 inches and the water flow is more than 3 inches from the front of the fountain.

DF1, DF5

12 Months

5.11.

The door to the GED Classroom is inaccessible because it requires 9 pounds of force to open.

D2

12 Months

5.12.

The basement single user unisex toilet room contains a number of inaccessible elements and is not accessible to people with disabilities.

SU13

12 Months

5.13.

The door to the Child Support office in the basement is inaccessible because it requires 10 pounds of force to open.

D2

12 Months

5.14.

The doors to Child Protection and Bad Checks offices in the basement are inaccessible because knob hardware is used. 

D1

12 Months

5.15.

The first floor service counter is inaccessible because it is 42 inches high.

C6

12 Months

5.16.

The drinking fountain on the first floor is inaccessible because the spout is 48 inches high. 

DF1

12 Months

5.17.

Superior Court #4

   

5.17.a.

The judge's bench in Superior 4 court room is inaccessible because it can be accessed only by steps.

AA8

12 Months

5.17.b.

The double-leaf door to the court room is inaccessible because each leaf is only 27 inches wide.

D5

12 Months

5.17.b.1)

The door is inaccessible because it requires 10 pounds of force to open.

D2

12 Months

5.17.c.

There is no signage informing the public of the availability of an assistive listening system.

AA3

12 Months

5.17.d.

The light switch is inaccessible because it is mounted with the controls more than 54 inches high. 

TR5

12 Months

5.17.e.

The courtroom is inaccessible because no wheelchair seating areas are provided. 

AA6

12 Months

5.17.f.

Although the courtroom contains an emergency alarm system, the alarm system is inaccessible because there are no visual alarms provided.

AL1

12 Months

5.18.

The jury toilet room for Superior Court #4 contains a number of inaccessible elements and is not accessible to people with disabilities.

SU13

12 Months

5.19.

First Floor Public Single User Unisex Toilet Room: The toilet room contains a number of inaccessible elements and is not accessible to people with disabilities.

SU13

12 Months

5.20.

Superior Court #1

   

5.20.a.

The judge's bench and witness stand are inaccessible because they can be accessed only by steps.

AA8

12 Months

5.20.b.

The route from the entry door to the public seating area is inaccessible because the path is only 27 inches wide from the door to the removable pew. 

AR3

12 Months

5.20.c.

Door to Jury Room from Hall: The pull side of the door, which is accessed from the latch side of the door, is inaccessible because it has only 10½ inches of clear space on the latch side.

D10

12 Months

5.20.d.

Door from Jury Room to Courtroom:  The pull side of the door, which is accessed from the latch side of the door, is inaccessible because a cabinet blocks the clear space on the latch side.

D10

12 Months

5.21.

Superior Court #1 Jury Toilet Rooms: The Men's and Women's single user toilet rooms contain a number of inaccessible elements, including a step up to the toilets, and are not accessible to people with disabilities.

SU13

12 Months

5.22.

Superior Court #2

   

5.22.a.

The judge's bench, witness stand, and jury box are inaccessible because they can be accessed only by steps.

AA8

12 Months

5.22.b.

The entry door to the court room is inaccessible because it requires 12 pounds of force to open.

D2

12 Months

5.22.c.

There is no signage informing the public of the availability of an assistive listening system.

AA3

12 Months

5.22.d.

In the jury room, no accessible coat hook has been provided.

TR1

12 Months

5.23.

Law Library, second floor:  The pull side of the door, which is accessed from the latch side of the door, is inaccessible because it has only 14 inches of clear space on the latch side.

D10

12 Months

5.24.

Meeting Rooms, second floor:  The doors are inaccessible because each requires 12 pounds of force to open.

D2

12 Months

5.25.

Third Floor Magistrate Court Room – Superior Court 4

   

5.25.a.

The judge's bench and witness stand are inaccessible because they can be accessed only by steps.

AA8

12 Months

5.25.b.

The public entry door is inaccessible because knob hardware is used.

D1

12 Months

5.25.c.

There is no signage informing the public of the availability of an assistive listening system.

AA3

12 Months

5.26.

Third Floor Probation Check-in Office: The service counter is inaccessible because it is 42½ inches high.

C6  

12 Months

6.

Dorothy S. Crowley Juvenile Services Center, located at 0364 South Zigler Road, LaPorte   

   

6.1.

Parking: The van accessible parking reserved for persons with disabilities is inaccessible because the sign is mounted too low and lacks the “van accessible” identification.

P6

12 Months

6.2.

Single User Toilet Room, Lobby 

   

6.2.a.

The toilet room sign is mounted on the door and has no raised and Braille characters.

TR17

12 Months

6.2.b.

The door to the toilet room is inaccessible because knob hardware is used.

D1

12 Months

6.2.c.

Although an audible alarm is provided in this facility, there is no visual alarm appliance in the toilet room.

TR21

12 Months

6.2.d.

No accessible mirror has been provided.

TR14

12 Months

6.2.e.

The lavatory is inaccessible because the hot water pipes are not insulated or otherwise configured to protect against contact.

TR12

12 Months

6.2.f.

The lavatory is inaccessible because it has twist-type hardware.

TR10

12 Months

6.2.g.

The toilet is inaccessible because the flush control is on the closed side.

SU1

12 Months

6.2.h.

The rear grab bar at the toilet is inaccessible because it is only 24 inches long.

SU3

12 Months

6.3.

Residential Areas 

   

6.3.a.

The doors throughout the residential areas are inaccessible because knob hardware is used.

D1

12 Months

6.3.b.

The doors in the east side residential and quiet rooms are inaccessible because each has an opening width of only 30 inches.

D25

12 Months

6.3.c.

The route into the Boys' Day Room is inaccessible because the path is blocked by a cabinet. 

AR2

12 Months

6.3.d.

The route to the drinking fountain is inaccessible because the path is blocked by a chair and video rack.

AR2

12 Months

6.4.

Southeast Boys' Toilet Room with Stalls

   

6.4.a.

The toilet room sign is mounted on the door and lacks raised and Braille characters.

TR17

12 Months

6.4.b.

The door is inaccessible because knob hardware is used, the opening width is less than 32 inches, it requires 12 pounds of pressure to open, and lacks the required maneuvering space on both the pull and push sides.

D18

12 Months

6.4.c.

Although an audible alarm is provided in this facility, there is no visual alarm appliance in the toilet room.

TR21

12 Months

6.4.d.

The lavatory is inaccessible because the hot water pipes are not insulated or otherwise configured to protect against contact.

TR12

12 Months

6.4.e.

The lavatory is inaccessible because it has twist-type hardware.

TR10

12 Months

6.4.f.

The shower control is inaccessible because it require twisting of the wrist to operate.

TR3

12 Months

6.5.

Northeast Boys' Toilet Room with Stalls

   

6.5.a.

The toilet room sign is mounted on the door and has no raised and Braille characters.

TR17

12 Months

6.5.b.

The door is inaccessible because knob hardware is used, the opening width is less than 32 inches, it requires more than 5 pounds of pressure to open, and there is insufficient maneuvering space on both the pull and push sides of the door.

D18

12 Months

6.5.c.

Although an audible alarm is provided in this facility, there is no visual alarm appliance in the toilet room.

TR21

12 Months

6.5.d.

The lavatory is inaccessible because the hot water pipes are not insulated or otherwise configured to protect against contact.

TR12

12 Months

6.5.e.

There is no toilet paper dispenser provided in the designated accessible stall.

ST19

12 Months

6.5.f.

There is no side grab bar at the designated accessible toilet.

 ST6

12 Months

6.5.g.

The toilet is inaccessible because the flush control is on the closed side.

ST2

12 Months

6.6.

There is no accessible bathtub provided in the Northeast Boys' bathroom.

B6

12 Months

6.7.

There is no accessible shower provided in the Northeast Boys' bathroom.

B8

12 Months

6.8.

Northwest Girls' Toilet Room with Stalls:  The toilet room contains a number of inaccessible elements and is not accessible to people with disabilities.

ST14

12 Months

6.9.

There is no accessible bathtub provided in the Girls' bathroom.

B6

12 Months

6.10.

There is no accessible shower provided in the Girls' bathroom.

B8

12 Months

6.11.

Men's Toilet Room near the Gym:  The toilet room contains a number of inaccessible elements and is not accessible to people with disabilities.

ST14

12 Months

6.12.

Women's Toilet Room near the Gym:  The toilet room contains a number of inaccessible elements and is not accessible to people with disabilities.

ST14

12 Months

6.13.

Drinking Fountain near Gym:  The drinking fountain is inaccessible because the flow of water is 2 inches high.

DF7 

12 Months

6.14.

Secured Area

   

6.14.a.

The single user toilet room in the Intake secured area contains a number of inaccessible elements and is not accessible to people with disabilities.

SU13

12 Months

6.14.b.

There is no accessible shower provided in the Intake secured area.

B8

12 Months

6.14.c.

A shelf protrudes into the path to the shower and is not detectable to blind persons using a cane. 

AR8

12 Months

6.15.

The secured area outdoor recreation area picnic tables are inaccessible because none provide the required knee space.

PD6

12 Months

6.16.

Medical Room:  The route to the patient examining table is inaccessible because a cabinet narrows the clear path to a width of 29½ inches.

AR2

12 Months

7.

LaPorte County Small Animal Shelter, located at 2855 West State Road 2, LaPorte

   

7.1.

The parking lot, with a total of 10 parking spaces, is inaccessible because there is no van accessible space.  This lot requires 1 van accessible space.

P3

12 months

7.2.

The door is inaccessible because there is a 1 inch high threshold.

D23

12 Months

7.3.

Single User Toilet Room

   

7.3.a.

The toilet room sign is mounted on the door and has no raised or Braille characters.

TR17

12 Months

7.3.b.

The lavatory is inaccessible because the cabinet underneath provides no knee and toe clearance.

TR11

12 Months

7.3.c.

The toilet is inaccessible because the flush control is on the closed side.

SU1

12 Months

7.3.d.

The rear grab bar at the designated accessible toilet is inaccessible because it is less than 36 inches long.

SU3

12 Months

7.4.

The door to the kennel is inaccessible because knob hardware is used.

D1

12 Months

8.

Luhr Park, located at 3178 S. 150 W., LaPorte

   

8.1.

The parking lot, with a total of 28 parking spaces, is inaccessible because it has no spaces designated as accessible.  This lot requires 1 van accessible space and 1 standard accessible space.

P3

12 Months

8.2.

Nature Center Main Entrance Door

   

8.2.a.

The door is inaccessible because there is a slope of 7.9% within the door's required maneuvering clearance.

D13

12 Months

8.2.b.

The door is inaccessible because there is a ½ inch high threshold that is not beveled.

D23

12 Months

8.3.

Interior Accessible Route:  In the Nature Center, several objects, including a bat skeleton, leaf print station, microscope shelves, and sign-in shelves protrude into the walkway and are not detectable to blind persons using a cane. 

AR8

12 Months

8.4.

Toilet Rooms with Stalls

   

8.4.a.

The Men's toilet room contains a number of inaccessible elements and is not accessible to people with disabilities.

ST14

12 Months

8.4.b.

The Women's toilet room contains a number of inaccessible elements and is not accessible to people with disabilities.

ST14

12 Months

 

 

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