30 years ago, on July 26, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed, securing equal opportunity for people with disabilities. Today, the City of Tampa remains fully committed to providing equitable access to the City’s programs and services.
“The ADA was a historic victory for human rights, and an important step forward for our country,” says Mayor Jane Castor. “In Tampa, we are proud of our diversity. And as we continue Transforming Tampa’s Tomorrow, we will continue striving to increase accessibility and ensure our city services and initiatives are inclusive to all.”
To celebrate the anniversary of the ADA, the City of Tampa would like to highlight a few programs/services and recent initiatives that are designed to increase accessibility:
Therapeutic Recreation Program: Adaptive & Inclusive Recreation (AIR)
City of Tampa Parks & Rec Park Experience Stories
Disabled Parking Information Guide
Tampa Police Department’s Help Us Help You Special Needs Registry
ADA accessible beach mats were added at Ben T. Davis beach, allowing individuals in a wheelchair to get closer to the water.
A tactile mural was installed at Julian B Lane Riverfront Park that is accessible for those who are blind
Several accessibility improvements were installed at multiple parks, including sensory-friendly parks. Freedom Playground is an ADA accessible playground located on the east side of MacFarlane Park.
City of Tampa purchased clear face masks to aid in communication with individuals who are hard of hearing or who speak English as a second language while practicing COVID-19 safety.
Videos produced by the City of Tampa include closed captioning
ASL interpreters are provided for emergency press conferences
A Therapeutic Recreation Coordinator was added to the Tampa Parks & Recreation team.
For more information about the City’s ADA policies, services, and accommodations, please visit tampagov.net/accessibility.