Loudoun Seeks Better Disability Access in Gov’t Buildings

An audit of accessibility issues for people with disabilities at county government buildings has turned up a list of possible improvements.

Although county buildings are Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant, county staff members and the Disability Services Board reviewed the buildings for areas of possible improvement. Those included suggestions like bringing handicap-accessible parking closer to the government center in Leesburg, adding automatic doors to the Ridgetop Circle building in Sterling, enlarging stalls and adding grab bars in restrooms, staff training, and ensuring video remote interpreting is available in all customer service areas.

Chair Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large) said the work came about after she fractured her foot and was briefly on crutches, and she found county buildings difficult to navigate.

The total cost of those improvements was estimated at $240,000. Assistant County Administrator Erin McLellan said county staff agree those fixes are a priority, and they fit into the county’s maintenance budget and will be addressed over the next year.

Disability Services Board Chair Lori Daly asked county staff to also emphasize training for staff members to understand access and respectful language.

“Just about everyone will have some sort of disability, either short-term or long-term, in their lifetime, and that’s when you kind of get to experience things for yourself,” she said.

3 thoughts on “Loudoun Seeks Better Disability Access in Gov’t Buildings

  • 2022-07-13 at 3:52 pm

    I agree this should be a priority. People living with disabilities deserve the utmost respect. “There but for the grace of God go I.” Reasonable accommodations are the law of the land. There should be no impediment to navigating one’s way through county buildings. How else can we keep our leaders on their toes! Happy Bastille Day Loudoun!

  • 2022-07-14 at 7:13 am

    Another quarter million spent that is not required. Randall’s foot is not a great indicator even for those who are handicapped. Another pet project she can use as a talking point come election time. I wish she would beat up Pio more and spend less!

  • 2022-07-14 at 8:23 am

    I have no issues for improvements for people with disabilities. I do find it typical that nothing was planned until Randall was herself inconvenienced.

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