How can Kirkland be more safe, inclusive, and welcoming for people affected by disability?
Watch the video about the City of Kirkland Americans with Disabilities Act Transition Plan civic conversation.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides comprehensive civil rights protections to persons with disabilities in the areas of employment, state and local government services, and access to public accommodations, transportation, and communications. As a public agency, the City of Kirkland is required by federal law to evaluate its policies, programs, and services and identify barriers under the ADA.
In addition, federal law requires the City to develop and have available to the public an ADA Transition Plan that provides the means and timeframe to be compliant with Title II of the act. The Transition Plan is a living document posted on the City’s website for public review and comment and is updated annually.
As the City was developing its ADA Transition Plan, in January of 2017, the Mayor proclaimed Kirkland a safe, inclusive, and welcoming city for all people. Shortly thereafter, the City Council passed a related resolution that directed City staff to explore with community members any actions the City and community could take to ensure a safe, inclusive, and welcoming city for all people.
In August 2018 the City published a draft ADA Transition Plan. Informed by both our commitment to be a safe inclusive community and our obligations under federal law, City leadership determined that the ADA Transition Plan presented a great opportunity to expand the City of Kirkland’s understanding of a specific segment in our community – people affected by disabilities.
As a result, the City Manager directed City staff to consult with key stakeholders in our community, including Kirkland residents affected by disability and their families, neighborhood associations, social service organizations, and others, to review the ADA Transition Plan and get:
- Insight about the priority areas identified in the Plan; and
- Feedback about other possible actions the City might take to best meet the needs of those affected by disability in Kirkland.
Join the conversation
During the late winter of 2020, the City collected feedback related to its ADA Transition Plan. Our civic engagement efforts were cut short by COVID-19, and this civic conversation is currently on hold.
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