Uniform Physical Access Strategy

As required under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act the City and County of San Francisco has and maintains an ADA Transition Plan for buildings and facilities. First developed in 2000 and updated in 2004, the plan is a dynamic process to assess and mitigate structural barriers in City-owned and leased facilities. In addition, the City has and maintains an ADA Transition Plan for Curb Ramps and Sidewalks. Both plans set forth steps necessary to enact structural changes through architectural barrier removal projects, new construction or alterations, and a schedule for those changes.

Responsible Individual. The designated person responsible for administering the plan is Mayor's Office on Disability's Arfaraz Khambatta, CASp, Deputy Director for Physical Access [arfaraz.khambatta@sfgov.org]; telephone 415-554-6789; TTY 415-554-6799]. MOD and other departments have ADA Coordinators, whose assignments include but are not limited to: providing information about accessible programs and services; addressing requests for auxiliary aids and services; receiving complaints from the public and then working to resolve them; and plan checking and inspection of designs and construction drawings for new construction and alteration of City buildings and facilities.

Public Participation. The City provided many opportunities to interested persons, including individuals with disabilities or organizations representing individuals with disabilities, to participate in the development of the transition plan by submitting comments. MOD reassesses the Plan on a yearly basis and schedules public reviews and comment through the Mayor’s Disability Council (MDC) televised public hearings and through its MCD's Physical Access Committee. These meetings and their agenda are retained on the MDC web site.

Availability of the Plan. The City's ADA Self-Evaluation and its ADA Transition Plan are made available for public inspection at MOD's office.

Yearly Reassessment. The Plan undergoes a yearly reassessment, in order to address emerging issues and needs. Capital funding for the plan is included in the City's 10 Year Capital Plan and listing and funding of specific projects is included in the City's yearly Capital Budget. These can be found on the Capital Planning Program website.

Uniform Access versus Program Accessibility. The City's ADA Transition Plan for Buildings and Facilities is titled the Uniform Physical Access Strategy (UPhAS), and it seeks to provide a uniform level of physical accessibility in both public service and employee areas. Under ADA Title II a public entity is not required to make each of its existing facilities physically accessible, but rather ensure program accessibility. A public entity shall operate each service, program, or activity so that the service, program, or activity, when viewed in its entirety, is readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities. The Plan applies the program accessibility standard to Recreation and Parks Department and in limited settings of specific social service programs.

The following web site links provide the public with information about this plan as required by Title II of the ADA.