Settlement Agreement between the United States of America


Providence, Rhode Island


On October 4, 2012, the Department of Justice entered into a settlement agreement with Providence, Rhode Island, under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), a Department initiative to ensure greater access for persons with disabilities to state and local government programs, services, activities, and facilities. 

An extensive on-site survey was conducted in October, 2010.  City staff worked cooperatively with the Department throughout the compliance review process in order to reach an agreement.

Facilities and programs surveyed by the Department and covered by the agreement include:  City Hall, Roger Williams Park & Zoo, the new Animal Control Shelter, the Providence Center and Technical Academy, and several recreation centers, senior centers, City parks, playgrounds, and several police substations.  Additionally, staff reviewed several libraries, which had recently come under control of the City of Providence.

The Department also reviewed the City's policies and procedures regarding voting, emergency management and disaster prevention, and sidewalk maintenance.  The text of the settlement agreement specifies the modifications Providence will be making to its programs, services, and facilities.  Among other things, the City has agreed to:

According to census data, the City has a total population of 173,618 and approximately 23.1 percent of residents have a disability. 

The agreement requires actions to be completed within three 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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