The Norman Transcript

Breaking News

Government

November 9, 2012

Barriers coming down

NORMAN — Symposium to address new ADA regulations

What would you think if you visited a friend’s home for dinner and afterwards found you could not get into the bathroom? Or you meet up with friends at a popular new restaurant only to find you can’t get through the door?

These are the daily challenges of many persons with disabilities, but they are, for the most part, avoidable if society would simply catch up with modern technology and know how.

The Americans with Disabilities Act was adopted by Congress in 1990 and amended in 2009. The act offers similar protections against discrimination to Americans with disabilities as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 offers based on race, religion or sex. It also requires reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities in regards to employment, housing and transportation.

That act was the first major step to removing barriers for persons with disabilities to live productive, independent lives.

Recent amendments to the ADA have opened the doors even further, but adopting a law and implementing practices in our daily lives are two different things, and sometimes the gap is huge.

The ADA and Fair Housing Symposium, “Opening the Doors to Accessibility,” hosted Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the Norman city complex, 201 W. Gray St., will provide information on accessibility, Fair Housing laws, new construction guidelines and more to target groups and interested persons.

“There’s really a tremendous shortage of affordable, accessible housing,” said Jeff Hughes, executive director of Progressive Independence.

As co-sponsors of the symposium, Hughes said Progressive Independence hopes to increase awareness of the housing need, particularly with code enforcement, builders and service providers.

A special demonstration of the MV-1, an American-made vehicle that is built and designed — not retrofitted — to accommodate wheelchairs and persons with disabilities will be on display Tuesday morning at the symposium. Hughes is hoping local cab companies will take note and add these vehicles to their fleets.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Government
  • Congressman Cole reflects on recovery

    Congressman Tom Cole’s home in Moore was not hit by the May 20 tornado but it came pretty close. His wife has made it clear she wants a saferoom, he said. In a visit to the Transcript on Friday afternoon, Cole talked about tornado ...

    April 19, 2014

  • Oklahoma Water Resources Board grants Norman low-interest loan for facility upgrade

    Norman has been authorized for a $50.3 million loan from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board to fund Phase 2 of the Norman Water Reclamation Facility upgrade. “It’s the single largest loan OWRB has made,” Norman Mayor Cindy Rosenthal said. ...

    April 17, 2014

  • General fund continues to decline as expenses exceed anticipated revenues

    Norman’s expenses will again outstrip projected revenue in the current budget before the city council. The budget for the fiscal year that starts in July and ends June 30, 2015, projects $210,982,020 in total revenues and $213,436,778 in ...

    April 16, 2014

  • County hears presentation on employment opportunities

    The Cleveland County Board of Commissioners listened to a presentation Monday to consider partnering with a nonprofit that provides employment opportunities for prison inmates re-entering the community. Patrick Viklund, Center for ...

    April 15, 2014

  • Drilling operation shows policy gap

    While Norman residents are being encouraged to use rain barrels, a Texas oil and gas company is pumping thousands of gallons of treated drinking water into the ground. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission controls permits for drilling, ...

    April 12, 2014

  • Filings finished

    In addition to Ward 2 Norman City Council candidates Clint Williams and Aliesha Karjala several federal, state and county officials will be on the June 24 ballots. Filing for offices that serve Cleveland County residents are: · ...

    April 12, 2014

  • Fracking review online

    The Oklahoma Hydraulic Fracturing State Review is available on the Corporation Commission’s website, occeweb.com. Completed in 2011 by a non-profit, multi-stakeholder organization, State Review of Oil and Natural Gas Environmental ...

    April 12, 2014

  • Candidates file for state and federal positions Thursday

    New filings on Thursday include: ; ...

    April 11, 2014

  • City briefs

    Egg hunt today  Norman’s Easter Egg Hunt will be today at Andrews Park. Activities — including moon bounces, games, giveaways and Easter Bunny photos (bring your own camera) — will start at 5:30 p.m....

    April 11, 2014

  • Norman residents among those seeking to run for county, state offices in first day of filing

    Filing for county and state offices started Wednesday and continues from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Friday. A handful of Democrats and a trickle of Independents vye with a field heavy-laden with Republican candidates. There are few ...

    April 10, 2014