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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The ADA Title II and other federal and state laws obligate schools to provide persons with disabilities an equal opportunity to access district programs, services and activities.  SIA offers information, support and resources to district ADA Coordinators and other staff with all aspects of their compliance efforts. This includes conformance with the accessibility building standards and programmatic access administrative requirements such as Transition planning, service animals, website accessibility and more.

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 A Project Manager’s Guide to Accessible School Parking Areas and Entrances

Accessible Design and Building Standards

The 2016 California Building Code Title 24 regs and the federal 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design make up the accessible building standards required in the design and construction of school sites and facilities.  Stay current with the latest information and resources on both of these standards. 

Emergency Planning for Access and Functional Needs

Emergency preparedness is critical for all students, staff and visitors at your school, but even more so for individuals who require assistance during an evacuation. There are a significant number of considerations for the evacuation process which must be planned in advance in order to be effectively implemented in the midst of an emergency situation. These planning documents can assist your school in developing integrated written emergency evacuation planning and procedures for the people who need it most.

Playgrounds and Play Areas

Since March 2012, federal and state provisions for play area accessibility now detail more specific requirements for play equipment, accessible routes to the play area and into the play box, transfer systems and more.  Learn more about keeping your school play areas safe and accessible.  

Swimming Pools

Pool lifts, sloped entries and transfer steps are all means of providing accessibility to a school swimming pool. Find out what you need to know about providing access to your pools. 

Administrative Rules and Policies

Naming an ADA Coordinator, posting a non-discrimination notice, and policies regarding service animals and effective communications are all among the federal ADA rules. Learn about the Five-Step Action Plan to ensure your district is complying with the ADA Title II rules.