Lakewood asking residents to fill out survey related to city’s ADA self-evaluation effort – cleveland.com


Lakewood. (John Benson/cleveland.com)
LAKEWOOD, Ohio — Lakewood is currently asking residents to complete an anonymous American with Disabilities Act (ADA) survey related to the city’s facilities, programs, policies and procedures.
“It’s important that we make sure that our community is accessible for everyone,” Mayor Meghan George said. “That’s why it’s important to be having this survey out there.”
The city’s current self-evaluation is tied to the ADA Transition Plan Task Force, which was established in 2020 after the mayor discovered that the city — 30 years after ADA became law — never officially fulfilled its responsibility related to the landmark civil rights law.
Compliance with the 1990 law prohibiting discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life — jobs, schools, transportation, and public and private spaces open to the general public — required an ADA transition plan.
That’s designed to formally establish rules and standards to be executed in Lakewood related to upgrades and compliance of city properties and facilities, including but not limited to buildings, signage, website, sidewalks, curbs, crosswalks and pedestrian signals.
“Part of the project is to solicit public comment so people can tell us if they perceive any ADA issues,” City Planner Michelle Nochta said. “We’ve been working on increasing accessibility for years.
“Just like all of the surrounding communities, what we’re finding is that we’re better than some and worse than others, but I think we’re doing pretty good.”
Recent citywide ADA accomplishments include the new entrance path at Kauffman Park, the tactile strips at crosswalks for pedestrians who have low vision and making sure all improvement projects by the city meet current ADA requirements.
Leading Lakewood’s ADA self-evaluation effort is DLZ. The city is paying the national architectural, engineering and surveying industry consulting firm $98,000.
Nochta said the survey will remain up for roughly a year, which is also the length of the self-evaluation process and the creation of the transition plan.
“As we create that transition plan, we’ll actually have public meetings related to what we found as well as consultant recommendations,” Nochta said. “There will also be public meetings I would expect to happen in the fall or early winter.”
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