ADA/Accessibility Compliance Tips
- What is Program Accessibility?
There are a number of federal and state ADA laws and regulations which require accessibility to the services, programs and activities provided by the District. This is referred to as Program Accessibility, and the District’s goals for ADA compliance are outlined in the Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan.
Program accessibility means all programs are readily accessible to students and others with disabilities so that they have equal access and an equal opportunity to engage in educational activities and events, just like other students and parents, etc.
Should an individual with a disability be impacted by a barrier to accessibility, it should be promptly brought to the attention of the school Principal or site administrator, who will take appropriate action.
Ensuring accessibility is part of the District’s commitment to avoiding discrimination, and creating an inclusive and supportive learning environment.
- Using Person-first Terminology
A variety of terms are used to refer to individuals with disabilities. However, it is important to note that the term "handicapped" is outdated due to negative connotations, and is best avoided.
Person-first terminology examples include: “a person who is blind” or “the student who uses a wheelchair”. Using “the disabled" ignores the vital reality that we are all people first.
Person-first terminology is used because the person is more important than his or her disability.
- What is the ISA?
The "ISA" is the International Symbol of Accessibility, the familiar person-in-a-wheelchair logo. It is the most common and easily recognized symbol designating accessibility.
Created in 1968 through a design competition by Rehabilitation International and adopted by the International Organization for Standardization, the ISA has served as a global icon for accessibility for 50 years.
For this and more information, visit ADA/ABA Accessibility Guidelines.