NOTICE UNDER THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

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ADA News

In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), Los Angeles Community College District and East Los Angeles College will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs, or activities.

Employment:

Los Angeles Community College District and East Los Angeles College does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices and complies with all regulations promulgated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Effective Communication:

Los Angeles Community College District and East Los Angeles College will generally, upon request, provide appropriate aids and services leading to effective communication for qualified persons with disabilities so they can participate equally in College programs, services, and activities, including qualified sign language interpreters, documents in Braille, and other ways of making information and communications accessible to people who have speech, hearing, or vision impairments.

Modifications to Policies and Procedures:

Los Angeles Community College District and East Los Angeles College will make all reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all College programs, services, and activities. For example, individuals with service animals are welcomed in College facilities, even where pets are generally prohibited.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a College program, service, or activity, should contact the office of East Los Angeles College, ADA Coordinator as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event

The ADA does not require the College to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services, or impose an undue financial or administrative burden.

The College will not place a surcharge on a particular individual with a disability or any group of individuals with disabilities to cover the cost of providing auxiliary aids/services or reasonable modifications of policy, such as retrieving items from locations that are open to the public but are not accessible to persons who use wheelchairs

Concerns that a College program, service, or activity is not accessible to persons with disabilities should be directed to:

Evelyn Escatiola
ADA Coordinator
East Los Angeles College
office
323-265-8631 fax
escatie@elac.edu

City launches ADA compliance campaign

The city of McMinnville is proposing to enforce a 48-inch wide right of way along downtown sidewalks
The city of McMinnville is proposing to enforce a 48-inch wide right of way along downtown sidewalks

After receiving complaints about tables, chairs, sandwich boards and planters encroaching into the sidewalk right of way in downtown, the city is reminding downtown business owners that a swath 48 inches wide must be maintained under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The McMinnville Downtown Association will be hosting a meeting at 8:30 a.m. Friday, April 17, at the Golden Valley Brewery &  Restaurant, to field merchant questions.

The ADA requires cities to maintain 48 inches of clearance so people can navigate sidewalks in wheelchairs.Read more…

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ADA Ramp & Handrail

ADA Ramp & Handrail

405.2 Maximum Ramp Slope and Rise for Existing Sites, Buildings, and Facilities

Slope1 Maximum Rise
Steeper than 1:10 but not steeper than 1:8 3 inches (75 mm)
Steeper than 1:12 but not steeper than 1:10 6 inches (150 mm)
1. A slope steeper than 1:8 is prohibited.
ALC Construction ADA Ramp & Handrail
ADA Ramp by ALC Construction

Advisory 405.2 Slope. To accommodate the widest range of users, provide ramps with the least possible running slope and, wherever possible, accompany ramps with stairs for use by those individuals for whom distance presents a greater barrier than steps, e.g., people with heart disease or limited stamina.

405.3 Cross Slope. Cross slope of ramp runs shall not be steeper than 1:48.

Advisory 405.3 Cross Slope. Cross slope is the slope of the surface perpendicular to the direction of travel. Cross slope is measured the same way as slope is measured (i.e., the rise over the run).

405.4 Floor or Ground Surfaces. Floor or ground surfaces of ramp runs shall comply with 302. Changes in level other than the running slope and cross slope are not permitted on ramp runs.

405.5 Clear Width. The clear width of a ramp run and, where handrails are provided, the clear width between handrails shall be 36 inches (915 mm) minimum.

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The Department on Disability: Helping You Achieve ADA Compliance

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Van Nuys Neighborhood Council

The Van Nuys Neighborhood Council meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7pm. The General Meeting is held at 6262 Van Nuys Blvd.

Did you know there’s a city department dedicated to ensuring compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and improving quality of life for persons with disabilities? Are you taking advantage of the resources and services the Department offers to provide accessibility to all of your Neighborhood Council meetings?

American with Disabilities Act compliance: Students address campus accessibility

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When talking to students with mobility issues about the Americans with Disabilities Act compliance, ADA, on the Pacific Force Grove campus there was some uncertainty as to whether the mobility issue is temporary or long-standing.

Students who have dealt with mobility issues long before they came to campus seemed able to navigate the obscure building obstacles such as lips at the bottom of doors and uneven sidewalks. Students who developed mobility issues after they came to Pacific had a different experience. Read More…

Regardless of civic center vote, ADA problems need a fix

Arena ADA Compliance
Arena ADA Compliance

Proponents of the expansion say that the cost to fix the ADA problems is $38 million. Whatever the cost, something has to be done.

Michael Brunick knows the difficulties of getting around the Barnett Arena first hand.
“The ADA seating is in a place where the view isn’t very good and the egress in case of a problem is scary,” Brunick said.
Brunick isn’t focused on why this is being addressed now. He’s just glad it is.
“For me its kind of a moral issue,” he said. “I know everyone wants to say ‘Oh, we really want to fix the ADA,’ but when it comes down to spend the penny for it they very rarely want to vote for it.”
The Justice Department identified many ADA deficiencies in the arena. Read More…

Curb Ramp

ALC Construction llc is in the process of installing a curb ramp. Curb ramp elevation of 26″. ALC install wall on top of footing, rebar for slab on grade. #4 @12″ OC aggregate base for the concrete slab at ramp.

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ADA Compliance slope correction


ALC Construction has remove and replace concrete in order to correct ADA Compliance slope to 2% cross slope and under 5% slope in the direction of travel
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L.A. Weighs Options for Fixing 4,400 Miles of Sidewalks

LA Sidewalk ADA
LA Sidewalk ADA

The city has faced a series of lawsuits filed under the Americans With Disabilities Act claiming, understandably, that the buckled sidewalks impede the movement of disabled people. The city is on the verge of reaching settlement in the major remaining case, one provision of which will be to implement a repair program to bring sidewalks into ADA compliance. Read More…

‘Missing Link’ in San Fernando Valley L.A. River Trail Launches

Sanfernando Valley River Trail
Sanfernando Valley River Trail

‘Missing Link’ in San Fernando Valley L.A. River Trail Launches

It didn’t look like much right then. The overcast sky combined with the interminable brown and gray of dirt path meeting concrete didn’t help much either, but in by spring 2016, this overlooked piece of land just north of Ventura Boulevard will be replaced with a $2-million Zev Yaroslavsky L.A. River Greenway Trail, a new half-mile trail dotted with more than 4,000 native trees and plants including Coast Live Oak, Toyons, California poppy flowers. It would connect a 2.5 mile section of the river trail from Whitsett Avenue almost to the CBS Studios and a 2-mile section from Coldwater Canyon upstream.

“It will create five miles of continuous pathways, the longest in San Fernando Valley,” said Esther Feldman, President of Community Conservation Solutions (CCS), the non-profit organization who led the development of the project, addressing a crowd of more than 140 people. CCS also helped piece together the public and private funding to realize the trail. Funding came from the California Natural Resource Agency, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, Caltrans, and Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky’s discretionary Proposition A Regional Park and Open Space fund. Apart from those, the city of Los Angeles and the Studio City Residents Associated has also committed money.

ADA compliance may uncover hidden costs

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Facilities Cost Management Group (FCMG) representatives warned the Hamburg and Farragut school boards that work to make district buildings ADA compliant may uncover sizable costs in the form of electrical, mechanical, fire and safety code issues.

Annette Zeplin said, “To just address ADA issues is one thing, but understand once you start work you open yourself up to inspections that could expose other costly issues.”

In the Oct. 29 meeting the Zeplin and Tim Hoffman from FCMG gave the two boards preliminary estimated costs of making each of the buildings ADA compliant including:

– Hamburg middle school/high school building $940-$990,000.

– Hamburg elementary building (assuming pre-K-6th grade usage) $90-$110,000.

– Farragut vocational ag building $80-$100,000.

– Farragut elementary building (whole building) $790-$880,000.

(two lower levels for 2nd grade or older) $630-$710,000.

– Farragut high school building (not including Home Ec building) $80-$120,000.

Campaign for Disability Employment

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Recruiting Workers with Disabilities Nationwide!

About This Event

Qualified job candidates with disabilities now have a direct connection to the employers that are actively recruiting them. The Think Beyond the Label Online Career Fairs create a unique forum and experience for you to engage real time with employers who are ready to hire! People with disabilities and the businesses that employ them are leading, innovating and evolving the workforce. Get registered to participate today!

Who Should Attend?

  • Job seekers with disabilities who want to meet employers nationwide who are actively recruiting them.
  • Job seekers with disabilities of all skills levels across the United States.

About Think Beyond the Label

Think Beyond the Label is a public-private partnership that delivers information, outreach and resources to businesses, job seekers and the public workforce system to ensure greater recruiting and hiring opportunities for job candidates with disabilities. Our purpose is to better inform, connect and communicate with all stakeholders in the disability and employment system so that we can be a catalyst for a more inclusive workforce. Think Beyond the Label is powered by Health & Disability Advocates (HDA), a nonprofit that has been a driving force behind building smarter systems of access to health, disability employment and income supports for twenty years.

Los Gatos: Museums get new name, and soon new home

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There’s a name change in the works for the Museums of Los Gatos–it’s NUMU, and it stands for the New Museum Los Gatos that opens next year at the civic center. The art museum on Tait Avenue and the history museum at Forbes Mill will be combined into one facility, taking over the old library that has been mostly vacant since February 2011.

Earlier this month the town council appropriated nearly $1.4 million to upgrade the old library building with new heating, air conditioning, restrooms, lighting and an ADA-compliant elevator.
“This project has several themes,” parks and public works director Matt Morley said. “The most important of these may be the focus on accessibility–ensuring through the installation of a new elevator, a revamped stairwell and reconstructed restrooms that all patrons have access to the full space.” Read More…

Bossier City pool house not in compliance with ADA

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ADA Compliance – ALC Construction

BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) – One of Bossier City’s three public pools is not in compliance with the American with Disabilities Act. Now, city leaders may have to dig deep into their pockets to reopen the pool in May.

According to Bossier City Attorney Jimmy Hall, even though the Shed Road pool house otherwise referred to as “Meadowview pool”, has a handicap lift for the pool, the spaces inside the pool house itself aren’t wide enough for wheelchairs.

The issue was brought to light when this summer, a grandpa couldn’t get around inside the pool house to help his grandchild. It’s a problem community member Jojo Sutis can understand, “I can totally see someone needing the handicap accessibility wanting that to be available,” she said.

“If we don’t come into compliance we are going to get a lawsuit about it. We have to have a compliant facility, so it is not an optional deal,” said Hall at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Read More…

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Small Business Owners Feel Victimized by “Love Affair With Lawsuits”

ADA-CaliforniaNearly 8 million lawsuits were filed against business owners last year, taking what some consider a hefty and unfair toll on the economy. Now, one group is demanding an end to “lawsuit abuse.” John Cádiz Klemack reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014.

A slew of lawsuits filed against small business owners have led to settlements that some owners say make them feel more like the victims.

A study by the non-profit group California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CCALA) shows 7.7 million lawsuits filed statewide during fiscal year 2012-2013 against small business owners…..

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Compliance with the ADA is Beneficial and the Right Thing to Do

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ADA News

Recently, I had the opportunity to give a presentation to the Certified Access Specialist Institute in California (CASI) on Assistive Listening Systems and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As one of the co-founders of Listen Technologies, I am a passionate advocate for Assistive Listening Systems. My recent presentation to the specialists at CASI allowed me to share my thoughts on why awareness of the ADA is not only necessary but also how it can be beneficial. Read More

ADA compliance is a continuing battle

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ADA compliance

By Katie Ralbusky, Contributing Writer

Disability awareness month may be over, but that does not mean we cannot give the issue our attention.

West Liberty University currently holds to the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

C.J. Farnsworth, WLU’S ADA Coordinator, said, “ADA standards are lengthy, complex and specific to thousands of different scenarios.”

This involves accommodating student needs physically and mentally. Some examples include elevators and ramps around campus as well as the Office of Tutoring and Accessibility Services.

Federal ADA and Disability Resources

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ADA Compliance

AGENCIES WITH ADA RESPONSIBILITIES

Employment: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Transportation: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration
Telephone Relay Service: Federal Communications Commission
ADA Guidelines: U. S. Access Board
Education: U.S. Department of Education
Health Care: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Labor: U.S. Department of Labor
Housing: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Parks and Recreation: U.S. Department of the Interior
Agriculture: U.S. Department of Agriculture

OTHER FEDERAL ADA AND DISABILITY RESOURCES

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): Office of Disability Integration & Coordination
Federal Website on Disability Information and Services: Disability.gov
White House Disability Issues: whitehouse.gov/issues/disabilities
Official Federal Web Portal with Access to Information and Services: usa.gov

Employment

Job Accommodation Network: askjan.org
Federal Employment of People with Disabilities: opm.gov/disability
Local and Regional Information and Technical Assistance on the ADA
ADA National Network: adata.org

Business

Small Business Administration: sba.gov
Small Business Administration (Disabilities): sba.gov/content/people-with-disabilities

OTHER ADA RESOURCES

ADA Compliance:  ADA _COMPLIANCEADA Contractor: ALC Construction, llc.