Park Improvements

ADA Transition Plan

What is an ADA Transition Plan?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal civil rights law that mandates equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities to help build a better community for all of us. The ADA encompasses all types of disabilities and includes requirements for not just buildings and parks, but for programs, events, and services.

The federal government mandates that public agencies have an ADA Transition Plan, schedule and budget to achieve ADA Compliance and provide annual updates to the progress of the plan.

Transition Plan Documents

The BREC ADA Transition Plan was presented to and approved by the BREC Commission in February 2019. To download the complete plan, follow the links below.

Executive Summary

Appendix 1 List of Facilities

Appendix 2 List of Facilities with Programs and Services

Appendix 3 List of Scored Facilities

Appendix 4 Analysis of Existing Policies and Procedures

Appendix 5 Recommended Policies and Procedures

Appendix 6 Facility Self Assessment Reports: A-C

Appendix 6 Facility Self Assessment Reports: D-J

Appendix 6 Facility Self Assessment Reports: J-P

Appendix 6 Facility Self Assessment Reports: P-Z

Appendix 7 Unit Cost Values

Appendix 8 Total Budget

Appendix 9 Proposed 20 Year Schedule and Annual Budget

Appendix 10 Public Input Process

Appendix 11 List of Planned BREC Projects for 2019

Importance of the ADA

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal civil rights law that mandates equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities. The ADA prohibits discrimination in access to:

  • Jobs
  • public accommodations
  • government services
  • public transportation
  • telecommunications

Access is important to all of us and the requirements of the ADA help to build a better community for all of us. The ADA encompasses all types of disabilities and includes requirements for not just buildings and parks, but for programs, events, and services.

How the Plan was Developed

BREC worked with ADA compliance specialists Altura Solutions to audit all of our current facilities and parks to determine the level of compliance. The consultants evaluated BREC's programs and services offered to the public. The final Transition Plan document includes these analyses and a projected schedule for compliance with a proposed budget. As a part of the schedule, a priority matrix will be created to reflect the local community's input.

Timeline
  • March – June 2018: Completed Audit of all Programs and Policies
  • April – September 2018: Completed physical audit of all BREC Park sites & facilities
  • May 1, 2018: Public Input Forum # 1, Completed 2 sessions of in-person public engagement and online surveys
  • June – October 2018: Compiled audit findings and Establish Procedures
  • September 18, 2018: Completed Public Input Forum # 2
  • February 2019: Completed ADA Transition Plan Presented to the BREC Commission: Approval and acceptance of plan

Disability Statistics

Did you know that:

  • 11% of Louisianans under the age of 65 have a disability
  • 35.6% of Louisianans over the age of 65 have a disability
  • Approximately 20% of Americans have a disability
  • Our country has over 3.8 million disabled Veterans
  • Our country has over 76.4 million Baby Boomers aging in place
  • After the age of 65; there is an 80% chance of having a disability

In 2015, 34.9% of people with disabilities in the US were employed compared to 76.0% for people without disabilities - a gap of 41.1 percentage points

Figures below from 2016 Disability Statistics Annual Report via disabilitycompendium.org.

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