The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has mandated the accessibility of all services provided to the public. Despite this mandate, the disability community encounters barriers that prevent them from access at every turn.
The United States Access Board updated their ADA Standards for Accessible Design in 2010. These standards are only enforceable federally and are not part of local code review, resulting in inaccessible, newly-constructed public buildings at risk of litigation.
Unlocking the Barrier: The General Assembly must push comprehensive building codes that include accessibility.
In South Carolina, many state agencies do not have an ADA Coordinator or have one who lacks training, resulting in inaccessible programs, activities, and services.
Unlocking the Barrier: The General Assembly must conduct self-review of state agencies’ ADA Coordinators, examine qualifications, and develop a corrective action plan.