The City, the second largest in the state commissioned Direct Access to undertake facility audits of key buildings to support Fayetteville with its ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan.
Some of the notable sites our team audited included Fayetteville City Hall, Television Centre, Facilities Maintenance, Development Services, and the Senior Centre.
The goal is to identify both compliant and noncompliant aspects and provide recommendations for making all of these sites more inclusive. In conducting this inspection, we aim to promote equal access and provide guidance on enhancing accessibility within public housing units, community areas, and local government buildings.
By identifying areas that require improvement, we can work towards creating an environment that caters to the diverse needs of individuals with disabilities, ensuring their full participation and enjoyment of the facilities the City of Fayetteville has to offer. The initial phase of audits involved a detailed audit of each facility in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. We then worked with the City to identify measures to take that go beyond legislation and innovate best practice accessibility adjustments.
The inspection report outlined the findings, highlighting both compliant and noncompliant aspects of the City-managed buildings and sites. Additionally, recommendations and suggestions were provided to address any identified areas of noncompliance and enhance overall inclusivity.
Public facilities and properties are required to be accessible to persons with disabilities pursuant to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. The Transition Plan identifies physical obstacles limiting access to programs, services, and activities by persons with disabilities.