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Published on March 29, 2024
Twin Cities Seek Resident Feedback to Shape ADA Accessibility and City ServicesSource: McGhiever, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Twin Cities are calling on their residents to voice their experiences and opinions on how the metropolis is shaping up when it comes to the accessibility of its programs and services. To gather broad feedback, the City has launched a survey looking for input on its compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its accessibility measures in general, as announced on the City's official website.

The survey, which remains open until April 14, is a step toward revising the City's ADA Action Plan. This initiative underscores the City’s determination to address the needs of all citizens, especially those with disabilities, which is a core part of the ADA. Policymakers, city planners, and residents alike can benefit from the insights derived from such inclusive consultations – reflecting a community’s desire to enhance livability not just for a select few, but for all who navigate the urban landscape.

A variety of language options are being offered to ensure inclusivity: English, Spanish, Somali, Hmong, and Oromo. Moreover, preparations are underway for community engagement sessions slated for May and June. Additional details and participation methods will be publicized on the City’s website and in upcoming newsletters.

Those seeking reasonable accommodations or alternative formats are encouraged to reach out to the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department at 612-673-3737. Assistance is also readily available for people who are deaf or hard of hearing through relay service calls to 311 at 612-673-3000, while TTY users may call 612-263-6850. For language assistance, residents can simply dial 311 to find the help they need.

With the conversation surrounding accessibility gaining momentum, the City administration's push for public engagement translates into tangible steps towards a more equitable society. As municipalities across the country are reexamining their infrastructure and services through the lens of accessibility, surveys like these provide a crucial platform for those impacted by these policies to have their voices heard. Full details about the survey can be accessed on the City's website.