Advisory Commission on Disabilities

The Advisory Commission on Disabilities is committed to ensuring that every citizen is afforded an equal opportunity to access and participate in City programs, services, facilities and communications. This commission assists the city in the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), regulations and other laws concerning the elimination of discrimination of disabled persons. Two members of the commission shall have professional expertise in the facets of the commission including the disabled, planning, architecture, transportation, communications, employment, the law, environmental management and safety.

ADA Facility Transition Plans

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires communities to prepare two types of Transition Plans. The Right Of Way Transition Plan is focused on identifying deficiencies and planning to install improvements along sidewalks, intersections and other areas of public rights of way. Since adopting its Right of Way Transition Plan in 2012, the City of Naperville has been diligently working to address the recommendations contained within it.  An update to this plan is anticipated in 2017. 

The other type of required ADA Transition Plan is directed at facilities. This plan identifies deficiencies and offers recommendations to address building features that are not in compliance with current ADA requirements. The City of Naperville updated its Facility Transition Plan by working first with the Farnsworth Group, an architectural firm, to independently evaluate 22 City facilities for ADA Compliance. The plan includes more than 1,900 deficiencies totaling an estimated $2.5 million. To address these items, the Advisory Commission on Disabilities established a rating system to prioritize improvements based upon life safety concerns, level of facility use by the public, accessibility impediments, estimated cost, and project complexity. The plan guides the City’s efforts to make ADA improvements with facility upgrades, improvements, and through Capital Improvement Program Investment. The City Council approved the document on May 3, 2016.

Meeting Information 

The Advisory Commission on Disabilities meets quarterly on the first Wednesday of February, May, August and November at 6:30 p.m. in Lower Level Meeting Room A, Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St., unless otherwise noted. Additional meetings may be called should the need arise. All meetings will be duly posted.

See the Government Meetings Calendar

Trevor Dick