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Office of Equity and Human Rights

Realizing Equity. Enhancing the City of Portland.

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Status Report on ADA Transition Plan

Status Report on ADA Transition Plan

The Draft Transtion Plan is available for public comment.  Copies can be found on the Office of Equity and Human Rights website.  Additionally, hard copies can be found at the Midland and St. Johns Libraries.  More information about the plan can be found at

A group of stakholders recently reviewed the draft schedules of barrier removal and approved the methodology used to schedule the remediation. Barriers fell into the following categories.

Maintenance Barriers

A large percentage of the barriers do not require an architect or design study to be removed were identified in Tier One facilities. Example: Changing door hardware from a knob to accessible lever hardware; or remounting a fixed unit to appropriate reach range heights, such as a paper towel dispenser.

Planned Capital Improvement Barriers

Many of the identified barriers were located in an area of planned capital improvement. Every Bureau has a Capital Improvement Program (CIP). Some of the barriers identified in the Tier One survey are already planned for removal in the next five years. These barriers have been identified and as part of the implementation of the ADA Transition Plan, will be tracked as CIP projects are implemented.

Long Range Improvement Barriers

Barriers that will require individual study under the guidance of a licensed architect or landscape architect were also identified. These barriers will need to be discussed on a case by case basis with the Bureau facility managers and representatives. Example: widening an elevator shaft or a large scale restroom renovation in an existing building.

Next Steps Include:

Public engagement meetings, August/September 2014.

Final draft of Transition Plan to City Council November 2014.