HELENA – The Montana Department of Transportation Office of Civil Rights joined ‘Walk-a-mile, Ride-a-Mile’ on Wednesday.
People used wheelchairs, crutches, and walkers to identify possible obstacles for those who are disabled.
Volunteers began at the transit stop by the Mitchell building and made their way through the first level of the Capitol building.
Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator John Pavao says they are taking notes on areas that could be improved and will be working with general services architecture and engineering.
In July of 2017 MDT submitted an ADA Transition Plan and since then the Capital area has improved sidewalks and added additional handicap parking spaces.
John Pavao American Disabilities Act coordinator says “It’s a great opportunity for us to see what those challenges those barriers are that they might face. To be able to you know have that experience and you know realize that you know that we do have a significant population with disabilities nation wide and here in Montana.”
Walk-a-mile, Ride-a-Mile is just one of the many efforts being made toward the statewide ADA Transition plan.
To access the 2017 ADA plan go to: http://www.helenamt.gov/cd/americans-with-disabilities-act-ada/2017-ada-transition-plan.html
Reporting by Mercedies Pruneda for MTN News