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CITY / CAPI SEEK INPUT FOR ADA UPDATES AT MAY 19 PUBLIC MEETING

St. Petersburg, Fla. (May 15, 2015) –  Your input is needed as the city of St. Petersburg conducts a Self Evaluation process regarding compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The public is encouraged to attend the second of two ADA Public Input meetings to be held Tuesday, May 19, 6 to 8 p.m. at St. Petersburg City Hall, 175 Fifth St. N. The public can also participate by completing a brief Questionnaire.

The city recently began the process of updating its ADA Self Evaluation and Transition Plan to ensure that its public facilities, services and programs are accessible to people with disabilities. Everyone is encouraged to offer input and recommendations in any of the following ways:

1. Download a PDF of the Public Input Questionnaire (only 13-items), available online at http://www.stpete.org/capi/index.asp.

2. Request a copy of the Questionnaire by calling 727-893-7345 or stop by the Human Resources Department/Community Affairs, Municipal Services Complex 3rd Floor, at 1 Fourth Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Once complete, you can return it by US Mail or hand delivered to the address above; by Fax to 727-551-3247; or via e-mail to Lendel.Bright@stpete.org.

3. The questionnaires will also be used during person to person contact by members of the city’s Committee to Advocate for Persons with Impairments (CAPI) at various city-owned sites.

4. Attend the ADA Self Evaluation Public Input meeting on Tuesday, May 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Room 100 at City Hall, 175 Fifth St. N., in downtown St. Petersburg.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law mandating equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities that prohibits discrimination in access to public facilities, services and programs. The city’s original ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan was completed in 1992. Since then, the city has experienced significant changes in population, physical size, streets, sidewalks and curb cuts, as well as added city facilities, services and programs.

The city of St. Petersburg complies with the ADA and upon request, will provide written materials in appropriate alternative formats, as well as disability-related modification or accommodation, including auxiliary aids or services, to enable individuals with disabilities to participate in public meetings. If auxiliary aids or services are required for individuals with disabilities, please contact the city’s ADA Coordinator Lendel Bright at 727-893-7229 or lendel.bright@stpete.org. Such requests should be made a minimum of three full working days prior to the meeting to ensure the availability of these services.

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