ADA Transition Plans: Making Communities Accessible for All

An ADA Transition Plan is a legally-binding commitment by a local or state government entity to make specific accessibility improvements in the public space within a specific time frame. This panel discussion will start with the history of Missouri’s Statewide ADA Transition Plan, present up-to-date information on the implementation of that plan and others, and provide you with the knowledge to initiate or advance this effective legal strategy in your own community.

Learning Objectives:

After this panel discussion, participants will be able to:

  • Explain, in general terms, what is meant by an “ADA Transition Plan”
  • Describe typical processes through which ADA Transition Plans are developed and implemented by state and local government entities
  • Give specific examples of accessibility improvements that have been completed or are planned by MoDOT and the City of St. Louis as part of their ADA Transition Plans
  • Discuss ways for advocates to engage with state and local government entities to assist with the development or implementation of ADA Transition Plans

About the Panel

  • Kim Lackey (Paraquad): Kim Lackey is the Senior Director of Public Policy and Independent Living at Paraquad Inc., a Center for Independent Living in St. Louis. At Paraquad, Kim is part of the leadership team that helps drive Paraquad’s mission. She guides and directs a team of individuals working to influence public policy, empower individuals with disabilities to live independently, and create change that improves the lives of individuals with disabilities. She attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and received a B.S. in History and Political Science. Kim graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Law in May 2006 with her J.D. She has worked on improving access to employment, health care, public transportation and affordable accessible housing for individuals with disabilities for more than 12 years.
  • Tom Evers, PE: St. Louis Assistant District Engineer, Missouri Department of Transportation: Tom Evers is a graduate of the University of Missouri – Rolla, with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in December 1998. He became a Professional Engineer in the State of Missouri in 2007. In his 21 years with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), he’s held positions in Construction in North St. Louis County, and was a Transportation Project Manager in the St. Louis Area, overseeing the WB Blanchette Bridge rehabilitation project.
    In 2011 he became Area Engineer for MoDOT in St. Charles County. Currently, Tom is the St. Louis Assistant District Engineer, managing an internal program delivery staff of 200 employees and delivering nearly $300 million worth of projects. He lives in Maryland Heights with his wife and four children.
  • Julie Stotlemeyer (MoDOT, Central Office):Julie Stotlemeyer, Missouri Department of Transportation, Assistant State Design Engineer Julie oversees several areas within the Design Division at MoDOT, one of which is the Americans with Disabilities Act as it relates to design policy and projects. Part of those duties are oversight of the department’s ADA transition plan and implementation. She has 27 years of experience with developing highway projects and operating the highway system. Julie is a graduate of the University of Missouri at Rolla with a BS in Civil Engineering and a licensed professional engineer in the state of Missouri.
  • David Newburger (City of St. Louis): David Newburger is Commissioner on the Disabled for the City of St. Louis and is a co-Founder of the Starkloff Disability Institute. He works toward the fundamental goal of making it possible for individuals with disabilities to be full and active participants in the community. As Commissioner, he is Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator for the City, helping the City comply with disabilities rights laws.He has also played a leading role in helping design major civic venues, such as, the Gateway Arch National Park, the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum in St. Louis, and the St. Louis Cardinals baseball stadium, to seamlessly welcome individuals with the wide variety of disabilities.Mr. Newburger has been an advocate for including people with disabilities in many capacities and over many years. He has an A.B from Oberlin College and J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He has taught law both at the Washington University School of Law and the Saint Louis University School of Law.
    Mr. Newburger is widowed with one married daughter and two grandchildren. He had polio as an infant and has mobility and related disabilities.