CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Charlottesville is going to take an in-depth look at how well it serves its disabled residents.

The city is currently accepting bids from firms to evaluate its compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

This law prevents localities from discriminating against people with disabilities by making sure that facilities are accessible to everyone.

Charlottesville has had studies like this conducted in the past, but this one will be more in-depth than previous ones and it will include more properties.

Once a firm has been selected, the report could take at least a year.

“Really, an essential part of our work is that we ensure everyone has an opportunity to participate in the city’s programs and services and has an opportunity to physically be able to enter our buildings, go to our parks and be a part of our community,” said James Freas, the director of Neighborhood Development Services.

The evaluation will ultimately be presented to the Charlottesville City Council, including an implementation schedule for any necessary changes and an estimate of how much such changes would cost.