TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — County and city leaders are leading a discussion to improve handicap accessibility in the county. It's hosted by members of the Accessibility Coalition of Tippecanoe County also known as ACT.
A bright yellow sticker with a wheelchair-accessible symbol and words that read “Accessibility Coalition of Tippecanoe” will soon be displayed in businesses that fully-meet ADA requirements.
The sticker is part of ACT's mission to easily notify those with disabilities that the business they're entering is ADA accessible and It's also made to keep local establishments accountable.
ACT leaders are investigating businesses to find one where they'll be able to award the first sticker. ACT members have been working with local business owners to help them meet ADA-requirements.
West Lafayette ADA and Title-VI Coordinator Tim Clark said this movement is long overdue.
“When you look at the statistics that 30% of the population has a disability, we need to make sure that all those people are able to get into all establishments throughout the community,” said Clark.
Clark believes this movement will have a positive impact in the community.
“When you see the sticker you'll know that they've done the things you need to do to become accessible and somebody that does have a disability, doesn't have to worry about any longer can I get around the establishment because they see the sticker and they know it's going to be accessible,” said Clark.
ACT launched the idea of the sticker at the first meeting in late July. Since then, many businesses have reached out to the organization for help in meeting ADA-requirements.
ACT leaders are encouraging the community to learn and provide input at today's meeting on Sept. 17. It starts at 6 p.m. at the Tippecanoe County building in the Tippecanoe Room.