The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal civil rights statute prohibiting discrimination against people with disabilities in all aspects of life including: Transportation, public accommodations, health services, recreation, and worship, to name a few examples.
With the passage of the ADA in 1990, people with disabilities became assured of access to all programs, services, and activities provided by state and local governmental agencies, including the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans). As VTrans is an agency within Vermont state government, all of its programs, services, and activities must meet applicable ADA accessibility standards. More specifically, this standard applies to all VTrans facilities, whether owned or leased, and to all pedestrian access within the state right-of-way.
Some examples of the ongoing efforts made by VTrans to comply with the ADA and improve accessibility to all transportation-related activities by people with disabilities include: Upgrades to pedestrian curbs and ramps, installation of detectable truncated domes and integrated locator tones and vibro-tactile features at crosswalks and intersections to assist those with visual and hearing impairments. These efforts are intended to ensure greater access to all public services and facilities by individuals with disabilities, and result in higher levels of societal integration, civic interaction, ease of mobility, and personal independence.
VTrans, as a direct recipient of federal transportation funding, is responsible for ensuring compliance with ADA standards as they relate to the provision of transportation services, activities, and programs. In addition, VTrans remains committed to ensuring meaningful access and full participation by persons with disabilities, while seeking to remove remaining barriers to fair and dignified inclusion for people with disabilities.