Champaign seeks input on update of ADA plan

CHAMPAIGN — City officials are asking for citizens' help in writing an update to Champaign's plan for compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

They will convene an open house to discuss and answer questions about the plan from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday in the main foyer at the University of Illinois Division of Disability Resources and Educational Services building at 1207 S. Oak St., C.

Officials use the city's "ADA transition plan" as a guide when they plan public projects — it aims to eliminate the physical barriers that can limit accessibility of city programs, activities and services to people with disabilities.

The city first adopted an ADA plan in 1992, and it is now looking to update the document after ADA regulations changed in 2010.

"The assessment of public right of way is a large scale effort," said community relations specialist and ADA coordinator Jason Hood. "Therefore, it is important that citizens have a voice in helping us target areas of priority in the city."

Those areas of priority might include, for example, the downtown area, Campustown area, bus routes or high-traffic pedestrian areas.

City officials, including project specialist Nichole Millage, will be at the open house to answer questions.

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