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ADA Guide for Small Towns


Quiz Questions

1.Title II of the ADA applies to State and local governments, including towns and townships, school districts, water districts, special purpose districts, and other small local governments and instrumentalities. It prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in all services, programs, and activities provided by towns1. Thus, people with disabilities must have an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from a town’s services, programs, and activities.
True
False
2. To accomplish this, the ADA sets requirements for town facilities, new construction and alterations, communications with the public, and policies and procedures governing town programs, services, and activities.
True
False
3.When a service, program, or activity is located in a building that is not accessible, a small town can achieve program accessibility in several ways. Which one of the following would be acceptable:
relocate the program or activity to an accessible facility
provide the activity, service, or benefit in another manner that meets ADA requirements
make modifications to the building or facility itself to provide accessibility
All of the above
4.ADA requirements for new construction have been in effect since
January 1992
January 2002
January 1982
5.Because ADA requirements for new construction and alterations do change from time to time, towns should become familiar with any new design and construction requirements before a project starts.
True
False
6.When a building or facility is renovated or altered or added to for any purpose, the alterations or additions must comply with the ADA Standards. In general, the alteration provisions are the same as the new construction requirements except that deviations are permitted when it is not technically feasible to comply. Additions are considered an alteration but the addition must follow the new construction requirements. When existing structural and other conditions make it impossible to meet all the alteration requirements of the ADA Standards, then they should be followed to the greatest extent possible.
True
False
7.When a walk, pathway, or pedestrian route is necessary to provide public access to a program, service, or activity, an accessible route must be provided. An accessible route is an unobstructed pedestrian path that connects accessible elements and spaces such as accessible parking spaces, accessible entrances, accessible meeting rooms, accessible toilet rooms, etc. It can be a walkway, hallway, part of a courtyard, or other pedestrian space. An accessible route must be at least 36 inches wide, have no abrupt vertical changes in level (such as a step), have a running slope no more than 1:12 in most cases, and meet other requirements for cross slope, surface conditions, vertical height, and passing spaces. The width of an accessible route can be as narrow as 32 inches wide, such as at a doorway or a narrow section of hallway, but only for a distance up to 24 inches long.
True
False
8.When portable toilets are provided, at least one at each location must be accessible.
True
False
9.The ADA coordinator does not have responsibility for working with the mayor or town council to ensure that new facilities or alterations to town facilities meet ADA requirements.
True
False
10.Any alteration that affects the usability of a building or facility must comply with the requirements of the ADA Standards unless technically infeasible to do so. Alterations can be as limited as the replacement of a fixture or element, such as a lavatory, toilet, or piece of door hardware.
True
False