ADA Compliance Officer
The City's designated ADA Compliance Officer is Laura Runte. She can be reached at (860) 638-4542.
ADA Resources and Documents
Listing files in 'ADA Resources'
In 1990, the congress of the United States, acting in exceptional bipartisan unity, enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In so doing it committed the nation to a broad and sustained effort to transform and elevate the social and economic status of the nation’s largest and poorest minority group—persons with disabilities. The protections of the ADA cover an estimated 53 million Americans, or nearly 20% of the nation’s population.
The ADA is codified in five titles, the second of which (Title II) provides the statutory reference point for this study of ADA compliance planning and implementation in Connecticut’s city and town governments. While Title II applies to all state and local governmental entities, it is through the programs and services of municipal government that it most directly effects the lives of more than half a million residents of the State of Connecticut who have disabilities. Recognizing the central importance of municipal programs to the success or failure of the ADA, the State Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (P&A) in the Fall of 2001 contracted with the ADA Coalition of Connecticut. Inc. (ADACC) to examine the current state of municipal compliance with the requirements of Title II.
ADACC called on Independent Living Resources, a disability organization with extensive ADA planning and implementation experience, to conduct a two-part study. In the first part of the study (Part A), responses by more than 150 communities to a 1999 survey on municipal ADA compliance by the Office of Protection and Advocacy were reviewed and analyzed. In the second part (Part B), on-site facility accessibility assessments were conducted of the primary municipal building in 25 randomly selected communities.
This report presents an assessment of the current state of ADA compliance in Connecticut’s municipal governments based on the combined survey and site visit findings and presents a set of recommendations aimed at moving the process of Title II compliance forward. The report is organized in five sections. Section] gives a brief overview of municipal obligations under Title II; Section 2 summarizes and evaluates the information submitted in response to the 1999 P&A survey; Section 3 describes site visit.
Findings and information gathered from interviews and conversations with ADA coordinators and other municipal officials; Section 4 presents general findings and observations drawing on both survey and site visit information; and Section 5 presents conclusions and recommendations aimed at strengthening ADA implementation in Connecticut’s cities and towns.
Overview of Title II Requirements
Title II of the ADA requires all public entities, from the smallest rural water district to state governments as a whole, to undertake a number of administrative actions to bring all programs, services and activities into compliance. Entities with 50 or more full and part time employees are required to undertake five action steps [Title II, Section 35.102]
- Designate an official responsible for coordinating all compliance activities.
- Provide notice to the public and employees of their rights and protections under the ADA and how the entity complies. [Sec. 35.107(a)]
- Adopt and administer a grievance procedure for resolving ADA related grievances and complaints by the public and employees. [Sec. 35.106]
- Conduct a comprehensive review of policies and procedures (or Self-Evaluation) in four areas: equal employment opportunity, nondiscriminatory operation of programs and services, effective communication, and program and facility accessibility. [Sec. 35.107 (b)]
- Prepare and carry out a Transition Plan of structural modifications needed to remove barriers limiting access to programs, including installation of curb-ramps on walks and pedestrian ways. [Sec. 35.105]
Entities with fewer than 50 full and part time employees are exempt from some but not all of these administrative requirements [Sec. 35.150(d)].