School Facilities: Accessibility for the Disabled

  Money Reported Needed and Spent on Accessibility in the Last 3 Years, State Analyses     Below\ Above Number averag averag of No e\a e No school money spendi spendi money State s spent ng ng needed ------------------------------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ Colorado 1,321 40.9 36.4 10.7 12.0   Average = $40,000 per school.
Money Estimated Needed for Accessibility in the Next 3 Years, State Analyses   Below Above Number averag averag Amount of No e\a e needed school money spendi spendi unknow State s needed ng ng n ------------------------------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ Colorado 1,329 18.1 52.1 17.3 12.6   Average = $124,000 per school.  

Notes: GAO found that: (1) while schools receiving federal financial assistance have been required to be accessible to the disabled since 1970, schools' accessibility to the disabled has not been comprehensively evaluated; (2) the Americans with Disabilities Act has further highlighted the need to improve schools' accessibility; (3) while over half of the schools nationwide have spent a total of $1.5 billion in the last 3 years to improve accessibility, about 20 percent of schools reported that such spending is not needed; (4) 56 percent of schools estimated that they would need an additional $5.2 billion for accessibility in the next 3 years; and (5) school districts are not required by law to make each facility fully accessible to the disabled, as funding may not be available to make necessary improvements.

Source: School Facilities: Accessibility for the Disabled Still an Issue General Accounting Office. (Letter Report, 12/29/95, GAO/HEHS-96-73). Full text of report available from General Accounting Office (GAO) Reports.

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