Meeting the Challenge offers a wide range of services to help you understand and abide by each of the current disability laws. Our experienced staff can assist with all your compliance challenges, including each of the following:

self evaluation and transition plans icon Self-Evaluation and Transition Plans

MTC provides solutions to help solve disability law compliance challenges.

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires all city, county, and state programs and services to be accessible to everyone. Whether a program or service is provided in a building, park, or sprawling institution, it must comply with the ADA, or the consequences could be costly.

Meeting the Facilities Access Challenge

Meeting The Challenge experts work with government entities to ensure their programs, policies, procedures, and facilities comply with all disability rights laws. MTC consultants provide the following ADA self-evaluation and transition plan services:

- Policy and procedure reviews
- Grievance procedures 
- Emergency management 
- Policy and procedure development, updates, and training
- Staff knowledge surveys
- Policy and procedure staff trainings
- Public outreach
- Program accessibility evaluation
- Comprehensive facility auditing
- Public right-of-way surveys
- Transition plan development
- Website accessibility audits
- ADA liaison when negotiating with the U.S. Department of Justice
- Effective communications
- Service animals

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street projects icon Public Right-of-Way Assessments

MTC helps communities make their public right-of-way more accessible for people with disabilities.

While the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law more than 25 years ago, there are still no enforceable standards for pedestrian facilities. Even without standards, cities are required to build and maintain accessible sidewalks and intersections.

Meeting the Public Right-of-Way Challenge

For public right-of-way issues, MTC consultants perform comprehensive compliance audits, using proprietary data collection and analysis software, which include:

- Curb ramps
- Sidewalks
- Pedestrian signals and controls
- Cross walks
- Bus stops
- Shared use paths
- Identify and prioritize accessibility compliance issues
- Create a detailed report of audited findings and recommendations
- Provide recommendations for removing pedestrian barriers
- Help develop implementation plans
- Evaluate public works policies and design assessments

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facility survey icon Facility Surveys

MTC provides solutions to help solve disability law compliance challenges.

Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability and requires places of public accommodations and commercial facilities,such as restaurants, hotels, theaters, retail stores, shopping centers, medical offices, hospitals, museums, zoos, and amusement parks, to be designed, constructed, and altered in compliance with accessibility standards.

Meeting the Facilities Access Challenge

MTC’s Consulting Services division is comprised of highly qualified professionals who provide comprehensive consulting services and technical assistance to implement the regulatory requirements and responsibilities under federal disability laws. MTC’s data collection and data management applications are ideally designed for all commercial facility projects. Our review teams use tablet computers to collect field data in a timely, accurate, and organized manner. With the assistance of our data analysis software, the collected data is then analyzed, by our expert accessibility analysts, for preparation of an ADA Compliance Management Plan, which identifies the steps necessary for achieving accessibility compliance.

Our ongoing expert advice and assistance provides customized solutions for:

- Comprehensive facility auditing 
- Compliance management plan development
- Policy and procedure reviews 
- Policy and procedure development, updates, and training
- Policy and procedure staff trainings 
- Compliance and regulatory risk management
- Website accessibility audits 
- Saving Taxes and avoiding ADA lawsuits
- PCA/Settlement Agreement support 
- Negotiating with the U.S. Department of Justice
- Title I employment policies and practice assistance and training

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parks and rec icon Parks and Recreation Assessments

MTC helps park and recreation organizations make their programs and facilities accessible for people with disabilities.

While the ADA has always required recreation facilities and programs to be accessible, there were no clear standards of accessibility until 2010 and no enforcement until 2012. Today, there are no exceptions. Park and recreation organizations must have accessible facilities and programs, or a plan to reach ADA compliance.

Meeting the Recreation Challenge

MTC park and recreation experts help communities modify, reorganize, and redesign recreation programs and facilities to meet accessibility standards.

MTC professionals:

- Perform comprehensive facility compliance audits, using proprietary data collection and analysis software
- Create a detailed, prioritized report of audited findings and recommendations
- Help develop implementation plans to reach compliance
- Provide cost-effective recommendations for resolving specific accessibility issues
- Evaluate department policies and provide compliance recommendations
- Facilitate trainings for design standards and program access

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Contact the MTC experts to help develop a plan for complying with ADA requirements.

Architectural Plan Reviews

MTC helps architects, engineers, designers and planners ensure buildings are accessible for people with disabilities.

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires all public facilities to be accessible for everyone. Whether a facility is a building, a park, a sprawling institution, or a complete city, brand new or dated, it must meet certain ADA standards. If facilities don’t meet ADA requirements, the consequences could be costly.

Meeting the Facilities Access Challenge

Meeting The Challenge facility experts work with architects, engineers, designers, and planners to ensure buildings comply with all disability rights laws. For new structures and renovations of existing structures, MTC consultants provide the following architectural services:

- Accessibility Plan Reviews
- Schematic Design
- Design Development
- Construction Documents
- Comprehensive facility compliance audits, using proprietary data collection and analysis software
- Detailed, prioritized report of audited findings and recommendations

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 Outdoor Developed Area Assessments

MTC provides solutions to help improve outdoor and recreation accessibility.

Whether you are with a State Department of Natural Resources, the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MTC can help improve the accessibility of your facilities and programs for people with disabilities.

MTC has developed proprietary software, which allows our experts to efficiently assess outdoor and recreation accessibility. MTC’s data collection and data management applications are ideally suited for outdoor areas covered by the ABA, Section 504, and where applicable, the Americans with Disability Act.

The ABA and Section 504 have required accessibility since 1973. However, there were no clear standards or guidelines, for making outdoor developed areas accessible, until 2004,and no enforcement until 2013. Today, there are no exceptions. Outdoor and recreation facilities and programs must be accessible for people with disabilities.

Meeting the Outdoor Challenge

With a true passion for preserving all natural and cultural resources, MTC experts help modify, reorganize, and redesign park programs and facilities, to meet accessibility standards, in order to provide everyone the opportunity to experience all of our nation’s outdoor treasures.

MTC professionals:
- Perform comprehensive accessibility audits of facilities and programs
- Identify natural and historic character, defining features to be protected
- Identify accessibility and architectural compliance issues
- Provide resource sensitive accessibility recommendations, where needed
- Help develop implementation plans, with detailed priorities, recommendations, and a schedule for achieving compliance
- Evaluate existing policies, programs, and procedures, for providing compliance recommendations

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internet solutions icon Website Accessibility Reviews

MTC helps organizations, businesses, and universities ensure web accessibility for people with disabilities.

When the ADA became the law of the land, the internet, as we know it, did not exist. Governments, universities, and service providers embraced the internet and navigating websites for information, learning, or simply to buy goods became the new normal. The Department Of Justice has recently placed an emphasis on creating an accessible internet, and MTC is here to help.

Meeting the Web Accessibility Challenge

In many ways, the internet should make life easier for everyone. MTC experts ensure that your web content and structure is developed to provide people with disabilities the conveniences of our modern internet world, including:

- Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 AA website accessibility audits
- Manual technical evaluation of the website
- Website accessibility testing using automated tools
- Screen reader accessibility testing
- User accessibility testing
- Comprehensive reporting with prioritized recommendations and code examples
- Analysis and development of web accessibility policies
- Accessible document training
- WCAG 2.0 AA training

View our Website Accessibility Reviews Here
Contact MTC to analyze the accessibility of your website.

 Cursory Facility Audits

MTC provides solutions to help analyze your disability law compliance challenges.

The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability and requires places of public accommodations and commercial facilities, such as restaurants, hotels, theaters, retail stores, shopping centers, medical offices, hospitals, museums, zoos, and amusement parks, to be designed, constructed, and altered in compliance with accessibility standards.

Begin with a Cursory Assessment

While MTC’s data collection and data management applications are ideally designed for all commercial facility projects, MTC can also provide a cursory assessment of your facility. Our consultants will conduct a brief walk through of your facility to identify, analyze, and highlight significant barriers to access, while on sight. The detail of reporting can be scaled to fit your needs and budgets. MTC will provide an accurate cursory analysis and make practical recommendations to mitigate the risk of your compliance deficiencies.

MTC’s Consulting Services division is comprised of highly qualified professionals who provide a wide range of consulting services and technical assistance to implement the regulatory requirements and responsibilities under federal disability laws.

Our accessibility experts also provide customized solutions for:
- Comprehensive facility auditing
- Compliance and risk management
- Compliance management plan development
- Website accessibility audits
- Policy and procedure reviews
- Available tax incentives
- Policy and procedure development and updates
- Avoiding ADA lawsuits
- Policy and procedure staff trainings
- PCA/Settlement Agreement support
- Title I employment policies and practice
- Negotiating with the U.S. Department of Justice

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Contact MTC to discuss your concerns and schedule a Cursory Assessment of your facility.

 Expert Testimony

MTC provides expert testimony and analysis.

The U.S. Department of Justice, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and several other federal agencies receive complaints of disability discrimination, under the American with Disabilities Act, from people with disabilities across the country. In most cases, these agencies provide the individual with a right to sue letter. In the case of title III of the ADA, the individual may proceed with legal action without the formal right to sue letter.

Meeting the Legal Action Challenge

When legal cases are brought to court, there is often a need for expert testimony regarding the technical aspects of the case. MTC has been involved in providing such testimony, as well as providing expert analysis for the legal counsels involved in the cases.

MTC’s expert testimony and analysis projects are typically undertaken at the request of a legal firm, and as such, are confidential in their nature.

The legal action projects supported by MTC include assessment of employment discrimination, education discrimination, public accommodation accessibility, corrections equal protection, compliance with accessibility standards and regulations, and workplace sensitivity.

MTC has provided in court testimony, analysis to support legal filings, training in support of settlements, and other miscellaneous analyses.

Our accessibility experts also provide customized solutions for:
- Expert interpretation on regulatory compliance
- Proactive litigation avoidance consulting
- Informal mediation for conflict resolution
- Compliance and risk management
- Title I employment policies and practice training
- Website accessibility compliance assessment
- Policy and procedure development and updates
- PCA/Settlement Agreement support
- Policy and procedure staff trainings
- Negotiating with the U.S. Department of Justice

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 Disability Laws Training

MTC provides effective Disability Laws training courses.

The ADA regulations do not specifically require that public entities (title II) or (private) places of public accommodation (title III) provide ADA training for their employees. Whether it is the right thing to do or risk management, providing employees who have public interaction with the basic ADA information and disability etiquette training will help prevent unintentional disability discrimination.

Meeting the Disability Laws Training Challenge

MTC’s Training and Information Services division is home to disability law content experts, who provide technical assistance in the form of training, materials dissemination, and real-time information. The Training and Information Services division has handled over 125,000 individual requests for information and assistance, distributed hundreds of thousands of printed materials, and has provided training for over 50,000 individuals.

Our accessibility experts provide classroom training courses, on the following topics:
- 2010 ADA Standards
- ABA/ADA Overview
- Title I for Employers
- ABAAS Accessible Trails
- Title II Overview
- Making Parks Accessible
- Title III Overview
- Website Accessibility Compliance
- Self-evaluation and Transition Plans
- Seven courses regarding policies and procedures

All of the above MTC classroom training course topics are available for the members of management, staff employees at every level, IT personnel, and new or seasoned ADA Coordinators, for any size audience. Several training topics are also available for on-line individual training, with many additional e-learning topics in the making.

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 Multi-Housing Surveys

Meeting the Challenge (MTC) helps developers, builders, owners and architects, responsible for the design and construction of new multi-family housing, to provide accessible residences for individuals with disabilities.

Compliance with the Fair Housing Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, and various state and local codes are required by law. Developers, builders, owners and architects responsible for the design and construction of new multi-family housing may be held liable if their buildings fail to meet the required scoping and technical provisions.

The Justice Department obtained a landmark $10.5 million settlement and a $250,000 civil penalty to resolve a disability-based housing discrimination lawsuit with JPI Construction.

The $10.5 million accessibility fund was established to provide retrofits for 32 of the investigated properties constructed. JPI failed to include features that would make the properties accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Meeting the Multi-Family Housing Challenge

MTC was contracted by Signet Partners, the DOJ settlement fiduciary, to assist in the dispersion of JPI settlement funds allocated for accessibility retrofits at various properties.

MTC provides:
- Comprehensive facility audits, using proprietary data collection and analysis software
- A simple, prioritized checklist of findings and recommendations
- Cost-effective recommendations for the removal of identified barriers.

MTC professionals have helped hundreds of organizations, local governments, and businesses comply with disability rights laws.

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