New report shows Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools not up to accessibility standards

Hampshire County

A new report shows the Amherst-Pelham Regional School district has hundreds of problems when it comes to accessibility for people with disabilities.

A district-wide audit of accessibility in Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools shows that all six schools have a list of areas that do not comply with state and federal accessibility requirements.

That list was presented at a school committee meeting on January 22.

The problems include a lack of braille signage, accessibility in bathrooms and inaccessible routes to playgrounds. In total, the report found more than 200 issues.

Superintendent Michael Morris said the school district is in the process of fixing those problems, “We’re continuing to work with the consultants on prioritization of lists. We did a staff and community feedback survey so we got some information from that. So that’s what we’re really trying to develop, a multi-year plan of addressing the needs. It’s great to have the information.”

The school district had the audit done after people in the community requested an accessibility audit. An outside firm conducted those audits in November and December of last year.

The district is forming a multi-year project, that will help take care of the issues.

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