The Department of Justice (DOJ) has reached a settlement agreement with the city of Frederick, MD over alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The agreement was reached after an investigation into the city`s practices and policies regarding accessibility for individuals with disabilities.

According to the DOJ, the investigation found that the city`s sidewalks, curb ramps, and other pedestrian facilities were not designed and maintained in compliance with ADA standards. This made it difficult for individuals with disabilities to navigate the city`s streets safely and effectively.

Under the terms of the agreement, the city of Frederick will undertake a series of measures aimed at improving accessibility for individuals with disabilities. These measures include:

1. Conducting a comprehensive ADA self-evaluation of all city facilities, programs, and services.

2. Developing and implementing an ADA transition plan to address any identified deficiencies in accessibility.

3. Providing training to city staff on ADA requirements and best practices for accommodating individuals with disabilities.

4. Establishing an ADA coordinator position to oversee compliance efforts.

5. Ensuring that all new construction and alterations to city facilities comply with ADA standards.

It is important to note that the DOJ agreement with the city of Frederick is not an admission of liability or wrongdoing by the city. Rather, it reflects a commitment on the part of the city to improve accessibility and comply with ADA requirements.

For individuals with disabilities, the DOJ agreement with the city of Frederick represents an important step toward greater access and inclusion. By taking these measures to improve accessibility, the city of Frederick is helping to ensure that all individuals, regardless of ability, can fully participate in community life.