Americans with Disabilities Act
NOTICE UNDER THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) consists of five titles. Title I of the act prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities in employment. Title II prohibits discrimination by state and local governments and requires that they ensure all facilities, services and information provided are accessible to persons with disabilities. Title III provides for nondiscrimination against persons with disabilities in public accommodations. Title IV of the acts bans discrimination in telecommunications. Finally, a fifth title in the statute contains miscellaneous provisions clarifying ADA's relationship to other laws and addressing such issues as health insurance. Enforcement of the ADA is generally the responsibility of the U.S. Department of Justice.
The City does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices and complies with all regulations promulgated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The City will generally, upon request, provide appropriate aids and services leading to effective communication for qualified persons with disabilities so they can participate equally in the City's programs, services, and activities, including qualified sign language interpreters, documents in Braille, and other ways of making information and communications accessible to people who have speech, hearing, or vision impairments.
Modifications to Policies & Procedures
The City will make all reasonable modifications top policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all of its programs, services, and activities. For example, individuals with service animals are welcomed in City offices, even where pets are generally prohibited.
Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a City program, service, or activity, should contact the office of the ADA Coordinator* as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event.
The ADA does not require the City to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services, or impose an undue financial or administrative burden.
Complaints that a City program, service, or activity is not accessible to persons with disabilities should be directed to the ADA Coordinator.*
The City will not place a surcharge on a particular individual with a disability or any group of individuals with disabilities to cover the cost of providing auxiliary aids/services or reasonable modifications of policy, such as retrieving items from locations that are open to the public but are not accessible to persons who use wheelchairs.
* Contact Information:
Phone: (712) 328-4618
Address: 209 Pearl Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51503.
ADA Complaint form
ADA Complaint Process Outline
Additional information can be found at:
ADA Home Page: www.ada.gov
Disability Rights IOWA: http://disabilityrightsiowa.org/
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: http://www.eeoc.gov/
Great Plains ADA Center: http://www.gpadacenter.org/
Iowa Civil Rights Commission: https://icrc.iowa.gov/
ADA Settlement Agreement With the United States Department of Justice
The City of Council Bluffs has been working with the Department of Justice (DOJ) negotiating a settlement agreement regarding compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) at the City-owned Mid-America Center. Although the City does not admit any liability under the terms of this agreement, we are committed to working diligently in addressing issues alleged by the DOJ in order to provide the best possible experience for all our guests, customers and employees of the Mid-America Center.
The Settlement Agreement along with supporting documents are posted below to inform citizens on the actions and timelines required as part of this agreement.
Mid-America Center Settlement Agreement