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Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

 

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Streets Division The Public Works Street Maintenance crew conducted street and sidewalk work on the southwest corner of Ralston Avenue and Twins Pines Lane. Work consisted of laying out a new sidewalk and an ADA compliant curb ramp to improve access along Ralston Avenue and Twin Pines Park. 

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Know Your Rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act!

What is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?
The ADA is a civil rights law that protects people with different types of disabilities from discrimination in all aspects of social life. More specifically, Title II of the ADA requires that all programs offered through the state and local government such as the City of Belmont must be accessible and usable to people with disabilities.

Who is protected under the ADA?
The ADA protects individuals with various kinds of disabilities.

What are my rights under the ADA?
The ADA and City policy require that people with disabilities have equal access to all City services, activities, and benefits. In other words, people with disabilities must have an equal opportunity to participate in the programs and services offered through the City of Belmont.

The most important rights the ADA provides include:

  1. No Exclusion - The ADA does not allow denial of entry to City programs, benefits, activities or services, simply because of a disability.
  2. Communication Access - The ADA requires that City agencies communicate to people with disabilities in a manner that is as effective as communication with others. This may require providing services such as:
    1. large print or Braille (for people with visual impairments);
    2. ASL interpreters or captioning (for people with hearing impairments);
    3. readers (for people with learning disabilities, or other cognitive or visual impairments);
    4. communicating via TTY or the California Relay Service (by dialing 7-1-1) for people with speech or hearing disabilities.
  3. Programmatic Access - The ADA also requires that City modify their policies, practices and procedures in order to provide an equal opportunity for a person with a disability. Examples of this may include:
    1. assistance in filling out forms;
    2. explaining materials or procedures in simpler language so that individuals with cognitive, learning or some psychiatric disabilities can easily understand them;
    3. an appointment so a person does not have to wait in a long line or in a crowded and noisy room;
    4. allowing a person with a psychiatric disability to apply for services over the phone instead of coming into the office.
  4. Architectural Access - The ADA also requires that service areas, including bathrooms, public telephones, drinking fountains, etc., be architecturally accessible to people with disabilities.

Note: It is also against the law to retaliate, threaten or interfere with anyone who is exercising his or her rights or anyone helping that person to do so.

Designated ADA Coordinator
In accordance with Title II, of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the City of Belmont has designated an ADA Coordinator to oversee and coordinate the efforts of the City of Belmont to comply with Title II. The City of Belmont has adopted a grievance procedure providing fo
r prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging noncompliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

City Facilities, Programs, Services or Activities
Complaints concerning access to City facilities, programs, services or activities should be addressed to the City Manager’s Office:

ADA Coordinator

City Manager
City of Belmont
One Twin Pines Lane, Suite 340
Belmont, CA 94002
(650) 595-7408