Media Contact: Reggie Sanders — 202-671-5124,[email protected]
(Washington, DC) - The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is developing the framework for its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)/Section 504 Transition Plan. The plan will outline how DDOT intends to remove barriers for persons with disabilities who use various features in the public rights of way such as sidewalks, curb ramps, pedestrian street crossings, pedestrian signals and other pedestrian facilities in the District.
The draft ADA Transition Plan will identify needs and plan improvements and enhance compliance with all federal, state and local regulations and standards. To ensure that DDOT addresses users’ concerns, DDOT is organizing a Transition Plan Advisory Group to participate and offer feedback on the draft Transition Plan framework. It is anticipated that the advisory group will meet approximately three times during the next 10 months.
The purpose of the committee will be to learn what DDOT is doing to create its Transition Plan and provide a forum to discuss and share information and insights that will help establish a strong and effective Transition Plan for the District. The public’s input, especially from people with disabilities, is invaluable to ensure that DDOT arrives at the best possible plan of action.
The advisory group will hopefully include:
• People with disabilities;
• Senior citizens; and
• Other individuals and members of groups that struggle with barriers and access related to transportation, such as parents of minor children with disabilities.
If you would like to become a member of the advisory group, we would appreciate a brief write-up outlining your interest and how you feel you can contribute to this process. This would include contact information (that is, name, address, telephone and email address); your experience with people with disabilities; two references with their contact information and any current organizations in which you are participating. Please mail or email your qualifications by September 26, 2014 to:
Cesar Barreto – DDOT ADA Coordinator
55 M Street, SE, 5th floor
Washington, DC 20003
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, its projects, programs, activities, and services on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act and other related statutes.
In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code sec. 2-1401.01 et seq. (Act), the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, source of income, status as a victim of an intrafamily offense, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in a violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action."
If you need special accommodations or language assistance services (translation or interpretation) please contact Cesar Barreto, ADA Coordinator, at 202-671-2829 at least 72 business hours in advance of the meeting. These services will be provided free of charge.