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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

RAMPSThe Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 provides a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities, and to bring persons with disabilities into the economic and social mainstream of American life.

The City of Long Beach is committed to complying with both the intent and spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The City of Long Beach does not discriminate on the basis of disability in employment or in admission to, access to, or operations of its programs, services, or activities. Heather Van Wijk, Citywide Accessibility Coordinator, has been designated to coordinate and carry out the City's compliance with the nondiscrimination requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Some of our efforts and resources to better provide accessibility in the City include:



  • ADA Access Request Program
  • ADA Self Evaluation and Transition Plan 2019
  • In 2014, a lawsuit was filed alleging the City of Long Beach provided insufficient access to sidewalks, crosswalks, curb ramps, walkways, other pedestrian facilities and rights-of-way for individuals with disabilities. The lawsuit was settled in 2017. The City of Long Beach has a mandate under the law and this 2017 settlement agreement to provide accessibility throughout the City to the greatest extent feasible. It is essential that all City stakeholders recognize the importance of these obligations; failure to meet the settlment requirements could lead to further litigation and financial penalties.

    • This report serves as an update to the original City of Long Beach ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan completed in 1994. The current project was led by multi-disciplined consultants with  national expertise in ADA compliance review, ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition planning, design and construction for public agencies. This plan was developed so the City can identify and work toward removing obstacles that limit access by people with disabilities to its program within pedestrian facilities, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
      • The information from the self-evaluation has been reviewed in its entirety and City staff engage in advanced planning to properly determine specific mitigation plans each year. Annual reports and updated implementation schedules will be posted on this page by November 1st of each year.

        • The following end-of-year report provides a summary of the curb ramp projects that the City of Long Beach has completed over the last three fiscal years (2018, 2019 and 2020) and an overview of curb ramp projects currently planned for fiscal year 2021. Additionally, a financial expenditure summary associated with this program is attached for your information. Please note that the City of Long Beach may choose to modify the planning-level schedule to allow flexibility in accommodating unforeseen events, such as additional community requests, petitions for reasonable modifications from persons with disabilities, changes in City programs, ongoing analysis and evaluation, construction cost fluctuation, approved budget, and other funding opportunities.

  • Curb Ramp Placement Policy
  • Curb Ramp Informational Brochure
  • Design Information Bulletin 01-18

Citizens Advisory Commission on Disabilities (CACOD)

      • The City of Long Beach has a committee made up of citizens and representatives from public and private agencies. CACOD engages in various activities to service anyone who has a physical or mental impairment. Please click on the link above for more information on CACOD.

Additional Accessibility and Disability Resources

Reasonable Modification

In accordance with Title II of the ADA, the City of Long Beach provides reasonable modification to its policies, practices and procedures so that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to access City programs, services and activities.

When requesting a reasonable modification, an individual with a disability is not required to provide medical documentation or a diagnosis to justify the request, but must be able to explain how the disability is related to the requested modification.

Examples of a reasonable modification:

  • Modifying a “no pet” policy to allow a service animal in a City facility.
  • Providing American Sign Language interpreting for a City-sponsored meeting.
  • Allowing a person using an electric wheelchair or other mobility device to access areas where electric vehicles are banned.
  • Assisting someone with a cognitive disability in understanding and filling out a form.

The City is not required to take an action to comply with the ADA if it would result in a fundamental alteration in the nature of a service, program, or activity, or the action would result in undue financial and administrative burdens.

If you would like to request a reasonable modification or have any other questions or concerns regarding Title II accessibility for people with disabilities in the City of Long Beach, please contact Citywide Accessibility Coordinator Heather Van Wijk by email heather.vanwijk@longbeach.gov or by calling (562) 570-6257 or TTY (562) 570-2279.

Upon request, American Sign Language Interpreters and materials in alternative formats are available to the public for City-sponsored meeting and events. All requests should be made at least three working days (72 hours) in advance of the event or meeting date.