ADA Compliance: MCPS (P796235)

  • Category: Montgomery County Public Schools

  • Sub Category: Countywide

  • Administering Agency: Public Schools (AAGE18)

  • Planning Area: Countywide

  • Date Last Modified: 4/21/14

  • Required Adequate Public Facility: No

  • Relocation Impact: None

  • Status: Ongoing




Federal and State laws require MCPS to provide program accessibility for all of its activities and to consider various forms of accessibility improvements at existing facilities on a continuing basis. While MCPS provides program accessibility in a manner consistent with current laws, a significant number of existing facilities not scheduled for modernization in the current six-year CIP are at least partially inaccessible for a variety of disabling conditions. Some combination of elevators, wheelchair lifts, restroom modifications, and other site-specific improvements are required at many of these facilities. Since disabilities of eligible individuals must be considered on a case-by-case basis, additional modifications such as automatic door openers, access ramps, and curb cuts may be required on an ad hoc basis even in facilities previously considered accessible. The increased mainstreaming of special education students has contributed to modifications to existing facilities. Certain ADA modifications results in significant cost avoidance, since transportation may have to be provided for individuals to other venues or programs. An FY 2009 appropriation was approved to continue this project at its current level of effort. An FY 2010 appropriation was approved to continue to provide ADA compliance modifications to schools throughout the school system. An FY 2011 appropriation was approved to continue to address requests for accessibility modifications, as well as provide proactive modifications to MCPS facilities. An FY 2012 appropriation was approved to continue this level of effort project. On September 15, 2010, the Department of Justice approved revisions to Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), that will require local and state government agencies to comply with these revisions. The act requires the local and state agencies to conduct self-evaluations and make the necessary remediations to comply with the ADA revisions. An FY 2013 appropriation was approved to begin the assessment of MCPS facilities to comply with the approved revision to Title II of the ADA. Once assessments are complete, remaining expenditures in FY 2013 and expenditures in FY 2014 will be used to begin remediation. An FY 2014 appropriation was approved to continue this level of effort project. An FY 2015 appropriation was approved to continue remediation to address the revisions to Title II of the ADA.


ADA requirements are addressed in other projects, including many transportation and renovation projects.

Fiscal Note

State Reimbursement: Not eligible


Expenditures will continue indefinitely.


Advisory Committee for the Handicapped