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How does an ADA Transition Plan Improve a City?

Today’s ADA Transition Plans can do more than provide a list of architectural barriers and other deficiencies. At Altura, we provide a GIS-based solution to help meet the promise of the ADA: access for all.


Title II of the ADA established in 1991 requires all state and local governments with more than 50 employees to perform a self-evaluation and come up with an ADA Transition Plan to make their facilities, programs, and services accessible. These ADA Transition Plans help entities be better equipped to implement changes required by the ADA in a timely, cost-effective manner.


In general, the steps of an ADA Transition Plan include:

1. List the barriers that prevent program, services, and facility accessibility

2. Describe how those barriers will be removed

3. Establish a schedule & budget plan to remove those barriers

4. Identify the official responsible for the plan’s implementation, usually the organization’s ADA Coordinator


We have “digitized” the ADA technical standards into ESRI’s Collector and Field Maps Apps which allow for efficient and accurate data capture. The data can be used to map the City’s anticipated expenditures and show the community’s progress towards ADA compliance.


Example of GIS data currently used by a parks and recreation department client showing deficiencies.
Example of GIS data currently used by a parks and recreation department client showing deficiencies.

The ADA Transition Plan can then be used to help the community prioritize improvements and City investment into the built environment. This provides the City with a data-driven starting point of addressing needs. It also provides the community with an opportunity to submit input and steer future expenditures.

Example of map showing the community future planned expenditures.
Example of map showing the community future planned expenditures.

These mapping tools allow for the government agency and the community to prioritize improvements, expenditures, and provide a more accessible environment.


If you are interested in learning more about ADA Transition Plans, please call us at (512) 410-7059


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