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Americans with Disability Act (ADA) Title II Program Overview

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is committed to full accessibility and inclusiveness in its business activities. We are committed to upholding the intent and spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability in admission to, access to, or operations of MDOT SHA’s programs, services or activities.

It is MDOT SHA’s responsibility and desire that no person be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination based on their disability under any program or activity supported by MDOT SHA. Every employee must work cooperatively to achieve this. MDOT SHA is fully committed to achieving equal opportunity and nondiscrimination for all persons in their interactions with MDOT SHA.

MDOT SHA has become increasingly active in translating these commitments to agency-wide policy and field-level application. ADA compliance is incorporated into MDOT SHA’s business plan; ADA-related training is a core requirement for all employees. MDOT SHA has conducted a field audit of sidewalks within its 5,200-mile roadway network to ensure compliance. Deficiencies are addressed through a transition plan and a long-term planning-and-scheduling document that incorporates retrofit and new construction compliance. We use best practices learned from other states and federal agencies’ recommendations. Likewise, some of Maryland’s initiatives are used elsewhere. MDOT SHA is undertaking many other initiatives at the strategic, policy and implementation levels that ensure we are not only compliant but go beyond the requirements toward achieving full accessibility for all those who live in, work in and travel through Maryland.