Arlington eyes ways to increase accessibility for the disabled
Arlington is taking a comprehensive look at how to make its buildings and programs more accessible to people with disabilities, with the help of state and federal funding.
The town was recently awarded a $40,000 grant by the Massachusetts Office of Disability to undertake the study, which will also be funded with federal Community Development Block Grant money that Arlington previously received.
The town is hiring a consultant to develop an Americans with Disabilities Act Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan, which will detail needed improvements to buildings and services to make them fully compliant with federal disability access rules, along with estimated costs and a timeline for undertaking the upgrades.
The consultant will work with town departments and draw upon information from previous studies the town prepared for improving access to specific facilities and programs. Completion of the plan will help position the town to apply for added state funds to implement the improvements, according to town officials.
“The town of Arlington strives to make facilities and programs accessible to all residents and this project will provide a strategy to continue improvement,” Jack Jones, the town’s ADA coordinator, said in a statement.