June 21st  |  Access & Functional Needs Focus Group

Key Takeaways

  • The City does not currently have an ADA Coordinator, which may help improve access to government services by all.
  • Leveraging tourism-related funding streams to support the update and enhancement of accessibility services was suggested to increase Panama City’s appeal and attract new visitors.
  • Improvements to building accessibility, communications technology, and transportation
    infrastructure would improve the lives of the City’s residents with access and functional needs. For instance, expanding public alerting systems and frequency of use; broader access to remote translation services in public spaces; retrofitting buildings that are non-compliant with ADA laws; and enhancing messaging and access to transportation information.
  • Education of the general public on how to interact with individuals with access and functional needs (especially deafness or blindness) could improve their daily interactions with other residents.