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Episode 131: Making State Government Programs and Services Accessible

Wednesday – July 3, 2024

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Stacey Peace

Stacey Peace, State ADA Coordinator’s Office – Georgia State Financing & Investment Commission

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Each July we celebrate the anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The United States has come a long way in fulfilling the promise of the ADA since President George H.W. Bush signed the ADA into law on July 26, 1990, and said “let the shameful wall of exclusion come tumbling down”.

Today, our communities are more accessible and inclusive for people with disabilities. But there are still many barriers that people with disabilities face daily in communities, work, transportation, school, and civic participation.

Some people think only new construction and alterations need to be accessible – that older facilities are “grandfathered in,” and do not have to comply with the ADA. But that’s not true. Because the ADA is a civil rights law and not a building code, older facilities are often required to be accessible to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate.

The ADA requires that state and local governments (ADA Title II entities) must ensure “program accessibility” and make reasonable modification to policy, practice, and procedure so all citizens can equally participate in the programs and services of their state and local government.

Our guest for this episode is Stacey Peace. the State of Georgia ADA Coordinator.

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The State of Georgia ADA Coordinator’s Office
The State of Georgia ADA Coordinator’s Office serves as a technical resource to State agencies for the ADA’s Title II general nondiscrimination requirements, program accessibility, communications, and employment (including the reasonable accommodation process). It operates the statewide ADA facility improvements program. It assists State agencies in updating, strengthening and enhancing the scope of self-evaluation and transition plans to ensure ADA compliance. The office conducts general and customized training on ADA topics for State agencies. It provides informal technical assistance about the ADA to the general public and collaborates with local ADA support systems. It also increases the visibility of the ADA to help more citizens understand the law. The State ADA Coordinator’s Office is a section of the Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission. To learn more, visit their website at ada.georgia.gov.