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City of Norman ADA Self-Assessment and Transition Plan Update

An Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan was developed for the City of Norman in 1992. The City Council adopted the Transition Plan on May 11, 1993. At the time, the Council adopted the following policy statement: "The City of Norman embraces the goals and objectives established in the Americans with Disabilities Act, as adopted by the United States Congress through Public Law Number 100-336. It shall be the policy of the City of Norman to make every reasonable effort to ensure that all people have an equal opportunity to participate in and experience all public programs and facilities."

The City's 1993 Transition Plan focused on accessibility at City-owned facilities and provided a schedule for compliance with sidewalk accessibility. Like hundreds of cities and jurisdictions in the United States, the City of Norman worked to complete the Transition Plan as specified in January 1995. After 25 years, so much more has been learned about accessibility of public spaces so the City of Norman is taking the proactive approach of conducting a self-evaluation and an update of the 1993 Transition Plan to address remaining pubic accessibility needs in Norman, and to set the set for those policy and infrastructure improvements in coming years.

This project will assess current compliance with the ADA in Norman, create priority guidelines for improvements with cost estimates and incorporate the 2011 Proposed Accessibility Guidelines for Pedestrian Facilities in the Public Right of Way for pedestrian routes in Norman. 

Eleven Norman residents were appointed by the City Council to serve on the ADA Citizen Steering Committee. The citizen committee met on August 17 for their organizational meeting where they received a brief overview of the project. The first general public meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 26 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 201 W. Gray.

The ADA Coordinator for the City of Norman is Shawn O'Leary, Public Works Director.