from: Kathi Petersen <[email protected]>
to: Sunshine Request <[email protected]>
date: Jan 19, 2022, 4:19 PM
subject: RE: Records Request: (October 2021) Request for Buncombe County, NC Tourism Development Authority: Copy of ADA Transition Plan & Self Assessment as of present day
Greetings and Happy New Year to you, too.
The following is in response to the public records request for a copy of the latest “Buncombe County ADA Transition Plan and Self Assessment,” as required by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act.
The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority / Explore Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau does not have the requisite number of employees to require a Transition Plan under the ADA.
However, the BCTDA and Explore Asheville take seriously the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Following are some of the measures we take in this regard:
To remove barriers to accessing digital content on the ExploreAsheville.com website by those with a wide range of disabilities, Explore Asheville uses the UserWay accessibility widget. UserWay is ADA and WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) compliant.
FACILITY & WORKPLACE ACCESSIBILITY
Physical obstacles that could limit the accessibility of the Explore Asheville offices are addressed by the following measures:
· Two handicapped parking spaces located right outside the front, main entrance
· No curbs obstructing access to the building
· ADA accessible elevator providing access to the second floor; elevator buttons with Braille labeling
· Restrooms on the ground floor and on the second floor with stalls that meet ADA specifications
· All office and meeting room entrances that meet ADA doorway-width specifications
· Majority of offices and all workstations that include riser desks adjustable to the height needed by a worker with disabilities
· In the breakroom, on the second floor, an ADA-approved dishwasher and icemaker, with an accessible refrigerator as well as a microwave located below the counter.
· In the kitchenette, off of the ground-floor Board Room, an ADA-approved icemaker with an under-counter refrigerator
Please let me know if I can help further.
Kathi M. Petersen
Director of Public Information
Response Received from Government