SidewalkSumner is working to be more accessible to all individuals, whether they have special needs for mobility and access.  You can help!  The best way to understand how to overcome barriers to access is with input from individuals with disabilities or who care for others, have knowledge of or are simply interested in increasing accessibility.

JOIN THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) PROJECT ADVISORY TEAM!

The City of Sumner invites you to participate in the creation of the City’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Self-Evaluation and Transition plan as a member of the Project Advisory Team. We are looking for five to seven individuals with knowledge, interest and experience with disability and accessibility issues and the ADA; including community members with disabilities or who have family members with disabilities, community leaders, visitors with disabilities or who have family members with disabilities, other interested and knowledgeable community members or visitors and engineering/design professionals. The Project Advisory Team will meet four or five times throughout the next 12 months.

Please join us on Tuesday, July 14th 4-6 pm in the City of Sumner Council Chambers at 1104 Maple Street, Sumner, WA 98390. For translation services, requests for reasonable accommodations, please contact our ADA Coordinator, Derek Barry, by phone at 253-299-5714 or via email at derekb@sumnerwa.gov If you cannot attend the meeting but want to be considered as one of the team members please contact Derek Barry. We will make selections with the goal of having a diverse team and then notify members of upcoming committee meeting dates and major project milestones as soon as we establish a detailed schedule.

About the ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan

The Self-Evaluation is a comprehensive report that outlines the barriers to programs for people with disabilities as they seek to use local government services and programs. It includes a transition plan of architectural and administrative barriers to programs that need to be removed in order to make city programs accessible. The plan also establishes a timeline for barrier removal, typically over a three year time frame.

About the Role of the Project Advisory Team

In the process of developing a new ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition plan, the Project Advisory Team, comprised of local community representatives such as you, would provide recommendations on the accessibility to City facilities, programs and services.  You would also assist the ADA consulting team and ADA Coordinators to develop a plan to remove any barriers. In addition, you would assist in seeking and gathering additional input from the community as a whole.

An ADA Self-Evaluation Plan cannot be successful without the direct impact and participation of its citizens and community leaders. The Project Advisory Team will be the most important piece of this process!