In 2019-2020, the San Mateo County Community College District evaluated compliance of its facilities and services with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. ADA provides comprehensive civil rights protections to qualified individuals with disabilities in the areas of employment, public accommodations, state and local government services, and telecommunications.
The District’s findings and recommendations were assembled in a report that underwent review and comment by our District community and the public.
The ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition plan covers all three campuses and the District Office. There are two components of the ADA plan:
Transition Plan: this identifies physical barriers in buildings, roads, stairs, ramps, etc.
Self-assessment Survey: this evaluates the accessibility of services to students, staff and the public such as Information Technology Services, websites, and human resources.
Download the ADA Plan
ADA Plan Highlights
Though the transition plan includes findings in many areas, many of the barriers fall into the categories below. See the comprehensive plan for details.
- District Office: restrooms
- Cañada College: restrooms, door vision lights, reach ranges and protrusions, cross slope and ramp landings
- CSM: restrooms, reach ranges and protrusions, door vision lights
- Skyline College: restrooms, reach ranges and protrusions, door vision lights and door pressure
Altogether, the District has identified about $30 million in upgrades and repairs. Some items have already been remedied, such as vegetation trimming and furniture relocation to provide required clear spaces at doors. Other items are currently being addressed in the design of capital projects. The remaining and majority of items will need to be planned, prioritized and budgeted over a 10-year period.
The District had not updated its ADA plan in more than 10 years, and ADA regulations underwent changes in 2010, so it was expected that there would be a significant list of items to address. The ADA allows institutions to spread improvements and upgrades over a period of time as long as it can show that steady progress is being made to achieve compliance.
Public forums were held on Zoom on October 1 to present an overview of the draft ADA Plan and to take questions/comments from the public. Recordings of the Zoom public forums are viewable on the District's YouTube channel: