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Is Tempe ADA Accessible? The city wants to know.

Tempe evaluating accessibility; attend a meeting or take the online survey

Post Date: 04/26/2016 1:34 PM

Bus stops, playgrounds, and parking garages: these are a few of the places in Tempe that should be easy to get to, get into, and get out of.

If they are not, the city of Tempe wants to know from the public as it conducts its evaluation of accessibility to determine what changes are needed to facilities, as well as policies and programs, to ensure access by all its residents and visitors. Tempe is seeking ideas and comments on what matters most as it develops its Americans’ with Disabilities Act Transition Plan.

To learn about the plan and to participate and comment, the public can attend an open house on Wednesday, May 4, at the Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Road; there will be two sessions:  10 am to noon and 5 to 7 p.m.

The first of three phases of the evaluation will be the subject of discussion; it covers public rights-of-ways in the downtown area as well as sidewalks in 10 city parks.  Subsequent phases will cover accommodation policies, communications, and additional rights of way throughout the city, all parks, and public city facilities. The city’s evaluation is compliant with the ADA, which prohibits discrimination in access to jobs, businesses, government programs and services, public transportation and telecommunications.

The library is wheelchair accessible and is located along public transit routes. The open house is a fragrance-free event and will have language assistance available: listening systems, American Sign Language interpreters, computer assisted real-time translation, Braille and large print materials.  With 48 hours advance notice, city staff will provide a Spanish language translator.

Additionally, the ADA Transition Plan information is available with on-line comments taken until May 25 at www.tempe.gov/ADA.

The public can contact Michele Stokes, ADA Compliance Specialist, with questions or to request other accommodations, at 480-350-2704 phone; relay users: 711; or by email at Michele_Stokes@ Tempe.gov.

Media contacts:

Marie Chapple Camacho, 480-848-6899

Michele Stokes, 480-350-2704