• Celebrating an accessible Bellevue

    Published July 21 2020

    City marks 30th anniversary of the ADA

    Recognizing that ability is part of Bellevue’s diversity, the city continues to advance equity and accessibility for those of all abilities in our city programs, services and facilities. On Monday the city council proclaimed the week of July 26 through Aug. 1 as Americans with Disabilities Act Week in Bellevue in honor of the 30th anniversary of the signing of the act.

    “In Bellevue we truly believe our diversity is our strength,” said Mayor Lynne Robinson. “Bellevue welcomes people of all abilities as part of our city’s vibrant diversity. I’m proud of our inclusive, innovative and accessible community.”

    On July 26, 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed into law the ADA, setting a national mandate to ensure equity and access to employment, public accommodation, transportation and more for individuals with disabilities. 

    In celebration of the landmark ADA anniversary and to share with the public how the City of Bellevue continues to build accessibility and inclusion into its services, programming and infrastructure, the city also launched a Did You Know? web page. The page lists key highlights and features offered across every department in the city to improve access. 

    Highlights include:

    • Power wheelchair charging stations available at five community centers and City Hall.
    • Pedestrian signals in downtown Bellevue equipped with audible crossing cues.
    • Closed captioning enabled on all Bellevue Television content.
    • An adaptive recreation program through Bellevue Parks & Community Services.
    • A Universal Design guide to creating accessible programming available to the public.

    The site also includes ways for residents to engage with the city to suggest accessibility improvements or explore available options. Throughout the month of July, the city will celebrate accessibility through its social media channels on Twitter @bellevuewa and Facebook @bellevuewashington

    To learn more about Bellevue’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and the disability community, visit the city’s Disability & Diversity information page. More information about ADA compliance can be found on the Accessibility page.