DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 141
June 13, 2008
Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
The purpose of this correspondence is to
remind local education agencies (LEAs) of their continuing responsibilities to
the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (28 CFR Part 35, P.L. 101-336). The
existing school programs must be operated so that they are, when viewed in
their entirety, readily accessible to and usable by individuals with
disabilities (28 CFR 35.130 and 35.150). The
2. All new school construction, additions, renovations and
alterations (on or
after January 27, 1992) to both buildings and grounds must be readily
accessible to individuals with disabilities (28 CFR 35.151). Architects and
engineers who design projects in
State and local governments must ensure that individuals with disabilities are not excluded from services, programs, and activities because buildings are inaccessible. When alterations are undertaken that affect the use of the building, these alterations shall to the maximum amount feasible be readily accessible by individuals with disabilities (28 CFR 35.151).
The Virginia Department of Education annually
conducts on-site accessibility reviews. Reports of findings reveal the need for
LEAs to assess their buildings and grounds to ensure compliance with
ADA Checklist for Readily Achievable
We look forward to working with school divisions to ensure their facilities and programs are accessible to all users. For more information, you may contact A.K. (Vijay) Ramnarain or Hunter Barnes, architectural consultants, at (804) 225-2035 or Vijay.Ramnarain@doe.virginia.gov and Hunter.Barnes@doe.virginia.gov. You may also contact Mrs. Bonnie English, monitoring specialist in our Office of Federal Program Monitoring, for information about the Department of Education's accessibility reviews in public schools at(804)225-2618 or Bonnie.English@doe.virginia.gov.