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COC ADA Meeting Set

| News | September 26, 2019

The College of the Canyons meeting to update its ADA Transition Plan has been scheduled, two board of trustees members said.

Joan MacGregor and Edel Alonso said the meeting would take place Oct. 30 at 4 p.m. in Canyons Hall, room 201. It was originally announced in May that it would be held in August.

This would be the second such update. The first, Feb. 21, 2018, included reports and presentations from college attorneys, consultants, architects and administrators. Spokesman Eric Harnish previously said it would not be part of a regularly scheduled board meeting but that all involved parties were working to find a mutually agreeable time.

The plan, the result of a settlement from a lawsuit a former disabled student filed in 2013, requires the school to fix the more than 6,000 examples of noncompliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Harnish previously emailed to say the school is, at the end of this month, scheduled to finish Phase 1, which focuses on replacing doors, door hardware, including seals, hinges, handles, and frames; and installing automatic openers on doors that could not otherwise be retrofitted.

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Planning for Phase 2, which started earlier this year and addresses access and paths of travel, including parking lots and walkways, is nearly complete, Harnish said. The plans will be submitted to the Department of the State Architect before the end of the year, and construction will begin following approval, which Harnish said previously has taken 20 months, meaning construction couldn’t begin until May 2021. The DSA is one of the agencies in charge of overseeing ADA compliance.

Planning for a third phase, which will address bathrooms and disabled seating in public areas, will commence after DSA approves Phase 2, Harnish said.

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