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  • Hancock County IndIana

    TRANSITION PLAN

    Adopted by: Hancock County Board of Commissioners Date: December 18, 2012

  • Hancock County Government

    ADA Self Evaluation / Transition Plan

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

    The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, State and local government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications.

    To be protected by the ADA, one must have a disability or have a relationship or association with an individual with a disability. An individual with a disability is defined by the ADA as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such impairment. The ADA does not specifically name all of the impairments that are covered.

    ADA Title I: Employment  Title I requires employers with 15 or more employees to provide qualified individuals with

    disabilities an equal opportunity to benefit from the full range of employment-related opportunities available to others.

    ADA Title II: State and Local Government Activities  Title II covers all activities of State and local governments regardless of the government

    entity's size or receipt of Federal funding. Title II requires that State and local governments give people with disabilities an equal opportunity to benefit from all of their programs, services, and activities.

    ADA Title III: Public Accommodations  Title III covers businesses and nonprofit service providers that are public accommodations,

    privately operated entities offering certain types of courses and examinations, privately operated transportation, and commercial facilities.

    ADA Title IV: Telecommunications Relay Services  Title IV addresses telephone and television access for people with hearing and speech

    disabilities. ADA Title V: Miscellaneous Provisions  Title V contains several miscellaneous regulations, including construction standards and

    practices.

  • The Department of Justice published revised regulations for Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 "ADA" in the Federal Register on September 15, 2010. These regulations adopted revised, enforceable accessibility standards called the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design "2010 Standards" or "Standards". The 2010 Standards set minimum requirements – both scoping and technical – for newly designed and constructed or altered State and local government facilities, public accommodations, and commercial facilities to be readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.

    ADA and its Relationship to Other Laws

    Title II of the ADA is companion legislation to two previous federal statutes and regulations; the Architectural Barriers Acts of 1968 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The Architectural Barriers Act requires access to facilities designed, built, altered or leased with Federal funds. Passed by Congress in 1968, it marks one of the first efforts to ensure access to the built environment. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal law that protects qualified individuals from discrimination based on their disability. The nondiscrimination requirements of the law apply to employers and organizations that receive financial assistance from any Federal department or agency. Title II of the ADA extended this coverage to all state and local government entities, regardless of whether they receive federal funding or not. When addressing accessibility needs and requirements it is important to note that the ADA and Title II do not supersede or preempt state or local laws that may offer equivalent or greater protections.

    As required by Title II of ADA, Hancock County Government must conduct a self-evaluation of physical assets and current policies and practices. As inventories are completed they will be included as appendices to the transition plan and modified ongoing, as appropriate.

  • Self Evaluation

    OBJECTIVES:

    The purpose of our assessment of the Hancock County Facilities was to evaluate the publically accessible areas of the properties for compliance with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), ADAAG and PROWAG guidelines. The investigation included the evaluation of any site and architectural barriers consistent with the requirements of the ADA Standards for Accessible Design (2010). In addition, the information gathered from the services, programs and procedures questionnaire completed by the facility manager and the public meeting concerning input from the community members. As required by Title II of the ADA, Hancock County Government has and will continue to conduct a self-evaluation of its facilities.

    County Facilities Surveyed

     Annex  Courthouse  E-911  Highway Department  Prosecutors Office

     Sheriff Department  Extension Office  Community Correction  Memorial Building

    Hancock County has remodeled or constructed a few new facilities in the downtown Greenfield area. These buildings were constructed or remodeled pursuant to applicable state and local building codes and meet accessibility requirements; though in some cases, improvements are needed. However, some county buildings were constructed prior to the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act. These structures were not originally designed pursuant to accessibility codes. While facilities constructed in more recent years have differing degrees of accessibility, various features within them may be deficient as a result of changing code provisions. Some structures, however, have undergone remodel and alterations and consequently do comply more fully with current building code and accessibility standards. Additional work is needed to remove the remaining physical obstacles found within county buildings. Physical removal of accessibility barriers will be implemented whenever possible on existing county facilities where it is technically feasible to do so. Facility surveys, provided below, identify the areas where improvements are needed. Project checklists and/or spreadsheets summarize survey reports, track progress and funding. In addition to the physical assessment a questionnaire was distributed to the facility department heads requesting information regarding current accommodations that are available to the public that visit the facility. Typical accommodations include providing physical assistance to the public while at the facility and providing written or Braille materials for the hearing, visual or speech impaired, etc.

  • Assessment Summary of Facilities: Hancock County owns nine (9) facilities located within the city limits of Greenfield. Three (3) built after 1991; of the remaining six (6) only two (2) had remodeling after 1991. The Memorial Building is currently on the National Registry of Historical Buildings. Any alterations to the Memorial Building will significantly impact the historical features. No alterations are being considered at this time. The Prosecutors Office is another historical building in the historic district that will be addressed in future alterations. Both locations offer alternate locations to the disabled for all programs, services and activities upon request. A Judicial Facilities Study was conducted and submitted by Schenkel Shultz Architecture in 2010 which incorporates the county Jail, Courthouse, Prosecutors Office and Community Corrections. Proposals are currently under consideration. Based on our on-site assessment, it is our opinion the majority of conditions at the facilities built or remodeled after 1992 are in substantial compliance with the 1991 ADA Standards for Accessible Design. Very few issues were observed that could be considered major issues on non-compliance. However; several issues that should be addressed in the transition plan. Listed below are the conditions and issues found that do not fully conform to the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design. It is also our opinion that there were several conditions that have been modified to provide some level of accessibility. Where in the case of no accessibility is possible, other means of providing programs and services are offered at alternate locations. Pedestrian walks, ramps and crossings: A survey and assessment of pedestrian walks, ramps and crossings were conducted within the Hancock County owned right-of-way. All County owned pedestrian walks are located in rural subdivisions throughout the county. Pedestrian route surveys provided below identify the areas where improvements are needed. Project checklists and/or spreadsheets summarize survey reports, track progress and funding.

    Subdivisions Surveyed

     Boulder Creek  Briarwood Trace  Bristol Ridge  Centennial  Fox Cove  Greyhawk Woods  Havens

     Herron Creek  Mt Vernon Pointe  Meadow Lake  Richman Platz  Stansbury  Village Green  Woodhaven

    Assessment Summary of Pedestrian walks, ramps and crossings: Within the fourteen (14) subdivisions surveyed. Hancock County has assessed the compliancy of two hundred and forty (240) curb ramps and cross walks, we found 34% are fully compliant; 42% are substantially compliant; and 24% substantially non-compliant. As well, we have assessed the compliancy of approximately 155,000 feet of pedestrian walk; we