Topeka ADA Advisory Council Launches Survey to Gauge Communities Perception of Accessibility Services

From the City of Topeka’s ADA Advisory Council, May 22, 2017

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Today the City of Topeka’s ADA Advisory Council launched a survey designed to gauge the public’s perception of accessibility services for those with a disability in Topeka and gather demographical information from those participating in the survey. The survey closes June 30. It can be found on the City’s ADA Advisory Council page, topeka.org/ada or at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/COTADASurvey

“We are hoping to have as many people as possible participate in the survey, whether they have a disability or not,” said Topeka’s ADA Coordinator, Brian Faust. “The results of the survey will help guide our recommendations to the City Council, which in turn sets priorities and policies. Council actions not only affect physical accessibility improvements, such as ramps at crosswalks, but also the allocation of resources used to improve how those with a disability interface with others both at the City and in the community.”

Those who take the survey will be asked to rank their perception based on statements like, “People with disabilities in Topeka have a lot of challenges accessing services in our community.” Participants are asked to mark an oval in front of “Strongly Disagree, Disagree, Agree, Strongly Agree, and Don’t Know”.

Other statements for participants to consider are “The community has a responsibility to ensure access to public facilities and services for people with physical disabilities” and “The City of Topeka has made significant accessibility improvements for people with disabilities in the past five years.” Survey takers will have the opportunity to indicate the topics they feel are an important community concern for people with disabilities as well as the geographical location of their concerns.

The survey seeks suggestions on how the City of Topeka might improve its service delivery. It also asks if the survey taker is aware that the City of Topeka has an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Advisory Council.

Demographic information sought includes whether the participant lives in the city limits and if there is anyone in their household with a disability, and, if so, how many and what types of disabilities.

The Topeka ADA Advisory Council is an advisory group to the City Council. The 10-members are nominated by the City Council and Mayor and appointed by a vote of the Council. The mission of the Topeka ADA Advisory Council is to support the civil rights of and full integration into Topeka community life for all people with disabilities. The functions of the advisory council fall primarily within the scope of the ADA Title II, State and Local Governments category. Topeka is mandated by the federal government under the ADA to have an ADA advisory council.

Topeka’s ADA Advisory Committee meets the second Wednesday of every month at the city’s Holliday Building, 620 SE Madison, in the second-floor Sunflower Conference Room.

https://www.topeka.org/AdvisoryBoards/Documents/ADAAdvisoryCouncil/ADASurveyRelease.pdf

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