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ADA compliance enforcement is zeroing in on local governments.

Long an issue of seemingly more bluster than action, access to local government facilities for people with disabilities has taken on a new urgency.

The Justice Department recently reached an agreement with McLennan County, TX to improve access to all aspects of civic life for people with disabilities.   The agreement requires the county to ensure that its courthouses, buildings, parking lots, parks and restrooms are accessible to persons with disabilities.

It appears that the Justice Department is using the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to increase compliance throughout the U.S. via its Project Civic Access program.

In a related development, the U.S. Attorney’s office announced plans to check Chicago-area restaurants for compliance with ADA requirements.

The key takeaway from these developments is that if you have delayed action on ADA compliance, now would be a good time to begin planning and budgeting for ADA upgrades.  The Justice Department may next stop in a county near yours.

If you have questions or concerns about ADA compliance, please contact Joseph F. Spitzzeri (312-984-6683; spitzzerij@jbltd.com) at your convenience.