Under Title II of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Town of Braintree is required to complete a Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan. The self-evaluation reviews the town’s public facilities, programs, services, activities and events to determine compliance with the ADA and identify any barriers to accessibility. The Transition Plan is a rolling fluid document that prioritizes the identified barriers and how they will be corrected.
The Town of Braintree received a planning grant from the Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) and contracted with the Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD) to assist with the self-evaluation process. The draft transition plan was provided to the Commission on Disability, posted online and available in print at designated town buildings, between May 8 and June 22, 2023, while public commentary was being solicited. IHCD incorporated the public comments into the final transition plan.
IHCD will provide the Town Council and Commission on Disabilities with a presentation of the Plan and Priority spreadsheet. A Public Hearing is required for this matter. Once the plan is adopted by the Town Council, the town will become eligible for project grant funding through MOD for up to $250,000 to implement accessibility improvements. The Municipal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Improvement Grant Program supports capital improvements specifically dedicated to improving programmatic access and/or removing barriers encountered by persons with disabilities in applicant facilities throughout the Commonwealth. The next FY24 grant cycle opens on August 1, 2023, and has a submission deadline of September 30, 2023.