Local Agency & Subrecipient Resources for ADA
Local agencies and other public entities are required to comply with 28 CFR Part 35 (Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in State and Local Government Services).
Basic ADA Requirements for Local Agencies/Public Entities:
- Designate an ADA coordinator (50 employees or more). 28 CFR §35.107(a)
- If the local government has fewer than 50 employees, it is not required to have an ADA coordinator. HOWEVER, it is strongly recommended that an ADA coordinator or ADA designee be appointed.
- Develop and post an ADA policy statement. 28 CFR §35.106.
- Develop and post grievance procedures/complaint procedures. 28 CFR §35.107(b).
- Complete a self-evaluation of current programs, services, and activities. 28 CFR §35. 105.
- Develop a transition plan. 28 CFR §35.150(d). (50 employees or more)
- Transition plan requirements
Entities with fewer than 50 employees are not exempt from ensuring that their programs, services, and activities are accessible to persons with disabilities. These entities are not subject to some of the same administrative requirements (designating an ADA coordinator and developing a transition plan), although it would be in their best interests to do something similar.
Department of Justice Technical Assistance Document: ADA Update, A Primer for State and Local Governments
Click Here for US Access Board Animation Videos
FHWA videos regarding above requirements
- Federal-aid Essentials for Local Public Agencies: Disability Protections
- Federal-aid Essentials for Local Public Agencies: Transition Plans
- Federal-aid Essentials for Local Public Agencies: Self-Evaluation Basics
- Federal-aid Essentials for Local Public Agencies: ADA Requirements for Resurfacing Projects
- ADA Guide for Small Towns
- The ADA and City Government: Common Problems
- Cities & Counties: Solving Common ADA Problems
- ADA Guide for Small Business (PDF)
- U.S. Department of Justice: ADA.GOV
- U.S. Department of Justice: Disability Rights
- U.S. Access Board - Public Rights-of-Way (Proposed Accessibility Guidelines for Pedestrian Facilities in the Public Right-of-Way "PROWAG")
- Federal Highway Administration Civil Rights: ADA/Section 504
- New England ADA Center
Important MaineDOT Information
MaineDOT works with towns to ensure that ADA compliance is met when MaineDOT facilities are altered. It is important to know MaineDOT's requirements when it comes to sidewalks, curb ramps and crosswalks. To ensure that you are meeting ADA and MaineDOT requirements, the following information is provided:
- MaineDOT ADA Design Guidance for Pedestrian Facilities (PDF)
- MaineDOT Guidelines on Crosswalks (Word) (PDF)
- MaineDOT Local Cost Sharing Policy (PDF)
- Municipal Memorandum of Agreement (Word) (PDF)
- MaineDOT ADA Compliance Policy for Construction and Maintenance (Word) (PDF)
- MaineDOT Mailbox Policy (PDF)
Contact the MaineDOT Title II ADA Coordinator
Maine Department of Transportation
16 State House Station,
Augusta, Maine 04333
TTY Users dial Maine Relay 711