A Quick Look at ADA Title II: State and Local Governments

This week we continue our celebration of the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act by taking a quick look at Title II: State and Local Governments. This title, which is regulated and enforced by the US Department of Justice, covers nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in state and local government services.

Title II of the ADA prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities in all programs, activities, and services of public entities. It applies to all state and local governments, their departments and agencies, and any other instrumentalities or special purpose districts of state or local governments… This title outlines the administrative processes to be followed, including requirements for self-evaluation and planning; requirements for making reasonable modifications to policies, practices, and procedures where necessary to avoid discrimination; architectural barriers to be identified; and the need for effective communication with people with hearing, vision and speech disabilities.

ADA National Network: What Is the Americans with Disabilities Act?

If you run a state or municipal agency or program, how can you make sure people with disabilities in your community can access your services, programs, or websites? If you handle emergence management and preparedness for your community, how can you ensure your plans are inclusive of your residents with disabilities? If you are a person with a disability, how can you advocate for accessible infrastructure or inclusive programming? Here are a few tools from NIDILRR-funded projects and other agencies and organizations to get you started.

ADA Title II Action Guide for State and Local Governments. If you work in state or local government, you may be responsible for ensuring people with disabilities have equal access to programs, services, and civil life in your community. Where do you start? This guide from the New England ADA Regional Center takes you through clear action steps to be compliant with Title II: start implementation, appoint an ADA coordinator, provide public notice, adopt a grievance procedure, conduct a self-evaluation, develop a transition plan, and create an action plan.  The guide includes quizzes, best practices, self-evaluation forms, and sample documents.

ADA National Network Webinar Series: Emergency Management and Preparedness – Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities. The Pacific ADA Regional Center runs regularly scheduled webinars on a wide range of inclusive preparedness topics, many of which include lessons learned from communities that have experienced natural and man-made disasters. The webinars are free and are archived for on-demand viewing.

How to File an ADA Complaint with the Department of Justice (DOJ). If you believe you have been discriminated against in accessing government services in your state or community, you can file a complaint with the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division. This guide takes you through the basics, including where and how to file, tracking the status of your complaint, and what mediation means.

Explore Research on Title II from the NIDILRR Community

The ADA National Network has ten regional centers across the US to help state and local governments and their constituents understand their rights and responsibilities under Title II. Find your regional center online or call 800/949-4ADA (4232) to be connected to the center serving your community.

Learn more about the ADA and other disability rights laws in this guide from ada.gov.

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