A Guide to Accessibility

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Complying With the Americans With Disabilities Act

On July 26, 1990, the President of the United States signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which provided for civil rights protection for an estimated 43 million Americans with disabilities in such areas as employment, public accommodations, transportation, state and local government services and telecommunications.  (The Township must comply under Title II - state and local governments.)

The Township, recognizing its responsibility to comply with the provisions of the ADA, has been working since May 1991 to ensure that all facilities, services and information are made available to all persons of the Township, regardless of ability.  It is the policy of the Township of Lower Merion to attempt to provide reasonable accommodations to meet the needs of persons requesting the use of Township facilities or services, or seeking Township information.

What follows is an outline of the steps that the Township has taken to ensure that all programs and services of Lower Merion Township are accessible to all residents.  If you have a specific question regarding the Township's efforts to comply with the ADA, contact the Township's ADA Coordinator, Art Noel, at 610-645-6163.

Documentation Available

Transition Plan: A plan detailing the removal of structural barriers in all Township-owned facilities, parks, municipal structures and major thoroughfares is available for review at every Township Library and the Township Administration Building.

Self Evaluation Plan: A plan to ensure that all persons have equal access to programs and services offered by the Township has been completed and is available for review at each Township Library and the Township Administration Building.

Grievance Procedure: The Township has developed a grievance procedure which provides a means for a prompt and equitable resolution of all complaints alleging discrimination against persons with disabilities in programs or activities sponsored by the Township.  The procedure is available at all Township Libraries and the Township Administration Building.