Friday, February 5, 2010

Accessibility at DOT facilities

In 2009, the North Carolina Department of Transportation(DOT) conducted a statewide survey on the accessibility of its buildings. They found problems with 60 driver’s license offices and 39 license tag agencies. The type and severity of problems range. Some buildings have no accessible parking, while other facilities do not have accessible bathrooms, water fountains or counter tops.

The NC DOT will be working with advocacy groups to resolve these critical issues. Recently, a NC DOT representative spoke with the Raleigh Mayors Committee for People With Disabilities as part of the outreach step in the DOT's plan for having all buildings, facilities, and modes of transportation ADA compliant. The next step for the DOT is to determine the cost of bringing all facilities into compliance with the ADA. The final step is to make a recommendation. Philip Bickham, director of DOT’s office of civil rights, told the News and Observer, “he hopes to develop a plan during the first three months of the year.”

If you experience problems at your local DMV or other state buildings that do not comply with Americans Disability Act, or would like to be participate in a community meeting, please let us know.
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