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Hearing

The Township of Lower Merion and the Lower Merion Library System support the use of the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS 7-1-1) for communications with the hearing or speech impaired.

Public Meetings: A written transcript of all public meetings can be obtained from the Township Secretary at 610-645-6145.  In the event that a person with a hearing impairment would like to participate in a particular public meeting, the Township will make every attempt to provide a signer for those specific meetings.   The Township will also furnish Assistive Listening Devices (ALD's) upon request.   For more information on signers or ALD's for Township meetings, contact the Township Secretary.

General Information: Most Township business can be conducted in writing.  Township staff will make every effort to accommodate hearing impaired person who seek assistance from the Township.

Visually

Signage: The Township has recently added new signage to all of its public buildings including the Township Administration Building, the six Township Libraries and other public buildings.  It includes raised lettering signs and Braille indicators on signs which designate rest rooms, meeting rooms, pay phones and offices.

Meetings: Minutes of all public meetings can be obtained on audio tape from the Township Secretary.  In addition, some meetings are cable cast and a tape may be obtained from Ludington Library or by calling the Public Information Office at 610-645-6199.

Library Services: Bala Cynwyd and Ludington Libraries have installed V-View, a software system which enlarges the type on the display screens which provide access to the Township's library catalogue.  All libraries offer services to the blind in cooperation with the Library for the Blind books-by-mail program.

Physically

Curb Cuts: The Township surveyed all sidewalks in the Township for curb cuts.  Curb cuts were immediately installed to provide access to Township properties and/or facilities where they did not exist.  As part of the ongoing repaving, curbing and sidewalk program, curb cuts are being installed at every intersection.

Accessibility at Facilities: The following Township facilities have not been modified to enable access to persons using wheelchairs because of the historic significance of these structures:  Ashbridge House, Appleford, Harriton House, Levering Mill House, Spring House, Gladwyne Library (first floor access only).  Services provided at these facilities may be obtained from another, accessible location within the Township.  All other facilities owned and/or operated by Lower Merion Township have been made accessible to persons in wheelchairs.   Accessibility includes the addition of ramps, hand rails, accessible bathrooms, and elevators.

Parking: The Township has also installed designated parking spaces in all Township lots and outside all facilities.  Where parking meters existed, they have been lowered to accommodate persons in wheelchairs.

Pools: The Township purchased a transfer tier which allows persons who use wheelchairs access to the Belmont Hills Pool.  Any Township resident who belongs to the Township pools and requires the use of the transfer tier should see the pool manager.