This following checklist is for TDOT employees who are responsible for public meetings and public hearings. Any member of the public that needs assistance may contact the TDOT Public Accessibility Office by phone at 615-741-4984, TTY 615-253-8311, or email Margaret.Z.Mahler@tn.gov.
Parking and Passenger Loading Zones
Is ample handicapped-designated parking available? Is the parking lot well-lighted? Can attendees safely be dropped off at the main entrance?
Is the main entrance close to the handicapped-designated parking area? Can attendees safely get from the parking lot to the building without obstacles (e.g., traffic, curbs, stairs)? Is the route marked?
Is the entrance the same for all attendees? If not, is the ADA-accessible entrance in the front of the facility? Is it marked with an ADA symbol? Are the entrance doors heavy? Will the ADA-accessible entrance also be the same as the fire exit in case of emergency?
Is the route from the entrance to the meeting location close? Is it clear and marked? Is it free of barriers or gates? Are there ramps along the route? Are elevators easily accessible (if needed)?
Are the aisles in the meeting room wide enough to accommodate canes, walkers, or wheelchairs? Are wheelchair-accessible spaces in the same area or placed throughout the room? Do you have a good, visible location for your sign language interpreter (if needed)? Are the displays (if any) accessible to everyone?
Restrooms and Other Amenities
Are restrooms available? (If not, the facility cannot be used for the planned gathering.) Are drinking fountains available?
Notices and Feedback
Did the meeting notice and/or feedback materials offer alternate formats and/or accommodations? Was a TTY phone number provided?
For more information, please contact:
Margaret Zeman Mahler
Public Accessibility Manager
Tennessee Department of Transportation
505 Deaderick St., Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37243