Americans with Disabilities Act
What is the Americans with Disabilities Act?
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, government services, transportation, and public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The ADA is divided into five titles (or sections) that relate to different areas of public life, including:
- Title I – Employment
- Title II – State and Local Government Services
- Title III – Public Accommodations in Commercial Facilities
- Title IV – Telecommunications
- Title V – Miscellaneous Provisions
For more information about the Americans with Disabilities Act, please visit ADA.gov.
Notice Under the ADA
In accordance with the requirements of the ADA, the City will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in the City’s employment, services, programs, or activities. Additionally, covered entities are required to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. The City of Champaign, as an employer and provider of governmental services, is covered by the ADA and is committed to making programs, activities, and services accessible to individuals with disabilities.
1992 ADA Compliance Plan
The City of Champaign’s 1992 ADA Compliance Plan outlines the City’s plans to comply with the provisions of the ADA of 1991 and also fulfills the requirement of developing a Transition Plan for removal of structural barriers in City buildings and facilities, including City parking lots and curb ramps.
ADA Transition Plan – 2013 Update
In response to 2010 ADA regulation changes, and in an effort to assure continued compliance, the City is updating its ADA Transition Plan. As part of this process, the City will assess all of its facilities and public rights-of-way in order to identify any barriers to accessibility. The City will then develop a plan for corrections of those barriers.
The City of Champaign is seeking public comments on the Draft ADA Transition Plan:
- Draft ADA Transition Plan 2016
- Exhibit A: Sidewalk Inventory and Assessments – RPC Sidewalk Inventory – Part One, Part Two
- Exhibit B: List of City-Owned Buildings
- Exhibit C: City-Owned Buildings Assessments & Schedule
- Exhibit D: List of City-Owned Parking Lots
- Exhibit E: City-Owned Parking Lots Assessments & Schedule
- Exhibit F: Disability Resource Handbook
- Exhibit G: 911 Emergency Communications Checklist
- Exhibit H: Website Accessibility Checklist
- Exhibit I: Emergency Management Checklist
- Exhibit J: Public Input
Please forward any comments you have regarding the transition plan to ADA@champaignil.gov.
Title II ADA Grievance Procedure
Title II prohibits disability discrimination by all public entities at the local (i.e. school district, municipal, city, county) and state levels, including public transportation. Under Title II of the ADA, “no otherwise qualified disabled individual shall, solely, by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of or be subjected to discrimination” in programs, activities, or services sponsored by the City. The City of Champaign has developed a procedure for filing complaints of alleged violations of Title II.