ADA Self-Evaluation & Transition Plan

In keeping with its ongoing efforts to serve all members of the public, The Town of Amherst is updating its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Self-Evaluation & Transition Plan. The project is grant funded through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). The existing Self Evaluation Plan & Transition Plan was last prepared in 2006 and is now outdated.

Under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Town of Amherst is required to complete a self-evaluation of the Town’s public facilities, programs, services, activities and events to determine compliance with the ADA and any barriers to accessibility. Once the Self-Evaluation is complete, the Town will develop a Transition Plan to prioritize the identified barriers and how they will be corrected. The Town has hired Disability Access Consultants, LLC (DAC) to assist with the self-evaluation and transition plan process.

As part of this project, the Town of Amherst is seeking input from the community and organizations assisting persons with disabilities. Your feedback will assist in addressing and prioritizing current and future accessibility needs.  

Your comments and opinions are important to us and will provide valuable information regarding how the Town can better serve persons with disabilities.

To access the surveys, click on the links below:  

Public Input: Online Survey  | Survey (PDF)  | Survey (Word Doc)

Organizations Assisting Persons with Disabilities: Online Survey  | Survey (PDF)  | Survey (Word Doc)

Town of Amherst Staff Input: Online Survey  | Survey (PDF)  |  Survey (Word Doc)

Paper copies may be mailed, upon request. Surveys are due by Friday, July 11th 

A town-wide field assessment will be conducted by the DAC consultants to identify various barriers to safe and equal access at town-owned facilities such as buildings, parks and conservation trails. The assessment work is expected to be completed in the summer 2020. Based on the field assessment findings and public input, DAC consultants will develop a Transition Plan to prioritize the identified barriers and how they will be corrected over the next several years.

The Town and consultants plan to hold a public forum (date and time to be announced) to receive comments on the survey results and draft Plan. 

Based on the field assessment findings and public input, DAC consultants will develop a Transition Plan to prioritize the identified barriers and how they will be corrected over the next several years.  

If you have any questions or comments about the Self-Evaluation & Transition Plan, please contact Maureen Pollock, Planner at pollockm@amherstma.gov or at (413) 259-3120.