ADA Meeting Touts the City's Progress in Accessibility


SAN ANGELO — The City of San Angelo shared updates and heard input on the progress made following the Americans with Disabilities Act self-assessment of the city's programs and services.

The City of San Angelo hosted a public town hall meeting at the McNease Convention Center on Wednesday, Nov. 29. 

ADA Coordinator Theresa James highlighted the changes implemented since March. 

Notable improvements include live captioning during council meetings, captioning on videos, and interpreters present at recent council sessions. 

James emphasized the incorporation of “picture-in-picture” technology to enhance accessibility for individuals relying on lip reading.

The meeting addressed the outcomes of the city's self-assessment survey conducted in the spring, involving 61 city employees. 

The survey covered ADA-related topics such as administrative requirements, non-discrimination, communications, department webpages, and emergency management.

James provided insights into the comprehensive report generated from the survey results. 

As a response to survey findings, the city outlined initiatives to enhance accessibility further. 

These include increasing onboarding training for individuals with disabilities, hiring more interpreters, improving emergency management actions, adding signage for accessible seating, and expanding the number of curb ramps throughout the city.

Following public feedback, the next step involves presenting proposed changes to the City Council and updating the transition plan.

Looking ahead, the city plans to conduct a new survey in spring 2024 to address updates related to streets, sidewalks, buildings, and more. 

“The City will make all reasonable modifications to policies and procedures to ensure that individuals with qualified disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all City programs, services or activities,” informaiton from the city states. 

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