Americans With Disabilities Act/Section 504 Policy
CDI is committed to providing individuals with disabilities the opportunity for full participation in its programs, services, and activities through its compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. CDI recognizes that individuals with disabilities may need accommodations or modifications to have equal opportunities to participate in or benefit from CDI’s programs, services and activities. Individuals with disabilities have a right to request accommodations, and individuals will receive accommodations appropriate to their needs in order to fully participate in or benefit from CDI’s services and activities in a non-discriminatory, integrated setting. It is CDI’s policy that no otherwise qualified individual with a disability will be denied access to or participation in any program, service, or activity offered by CDI. CDI will administer programs or activities in the most integrated setting appropriate to the needs of qualified individuals with disabilities.
DefinitionsDisability — With respect to an individual, a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the person’s major life activities; a history of such an impairment; or being regarded as having such an impairment.
Discrimination — The unfavorable treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person based on the group, class, or category to which that person belongs rather than on individual merit.
Individual with a Disability or Persons with Disabilities — A person who (with or without accommodations) meets the essential eligibility requirements for participating in CDI’s programs, services, and activities.
Accommodation — Any reasonable modifications to rules, policies, or practices; environmental adjustments; or auxiliary aids and services that allow an individual with a disability to enjoy equal access to the benefits of a service, program, or activity available to others. Examples of accommodations include, but are not limited to: scribe, interpreter, environment free of distractions, material in Braille, tapes, and computer-assisted instruction.
Ensuring AccessThis webpage outlines CDI’s process of ensuring access to persons with disabilities, training CDI staff members, notifying persons with disabilities of available services, and the availability of complaint procedures. Coordinating Access In order to quickly and uniformly address access issues, CDI has appointed a “Civil Rights Coordinator” who shall serve as the official CDI disability access coordinator and work legal counsel and other staff members tasked with monitoring and addressing disability assistance needs. For questions, concerns, complaints, or requests regarding disability-related accommodations, please contact:
CDI Civil Rights Compliance Corrdinator, 10065 E. Harvard Ave., Denver, CO 80231 (720) 747-5100 [email@example.com]
Any CDI employee who observes a need for disability assistance services shall immediately contact the Civil Rights Coordinator who will be tasked with taking any appropriate and reasonable action to ensure effective communication and/or an equal opportunity to participate fully in the benefits, activities, programs and services provided by CDI. The Non-Discrimination Coordinator will coordinate CDI’s efforts to comply with Section 504 and the ADA, including ensuring the following: • Adoption of procedures for disclosure of disabling conditions and requests for accommodations; • Adopt of procedures for maintaining personal information in a manner that protects the privacy and independence of the individual; • Adoption of procedures for providing accommodations; • Maintenance of data on the nature and extent of the services provided to individuals with disabilities; • Provision of accommodations to allow individuals with disabilities to participate in or benefit from CDI and its programs, services, and activities in the most integrated setting appropriate; • Utilization of grievance procedures that provide prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging any action that would violate Title II of the ADA or Section 504; • Provision of services that are required to comply with ADA and Section 504 free of charge. • Provision of periodic training for faculty and staff to develop their awareness and understanding of the needs of individuals with disabilities and legal compliance issues. Accommodations With regard to the provision of reasonable accommodations: • No participant with a disability in a CDI program, service, or activity will be denied the benefits of, be excluded from participation in, or be otherwise discriminated against in the provision of services available to all individuals in general. • Each individual is responsible for making requests regarding accommodations to meet his or her particular needs in order to enable CDI to provide an appropriate response to the accommodation request. • All accommodations available to provide access to CDI programs, services, and activities need not be on hand or present at all times. • Accommodations that fundamentally alter the nature of the program, service, or activity; require waiver of essential program or licensure requirements; violate accreditation requirements; pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others; or pose an undue fiscal or administrative burden on CDI are not required. • In determining appropriate accommodations, CDI gives consideration to the wishes of the individual, and in certain appropriate circumstances, for example, the documentation provided and institutional expertise in working with individuals with disabilities. • CDI will not require an individual with a disability to accept an accommodation, aid, service, opportunity, or benefit under any circumstances.
Disability Assistance MeasuresIn order to facilitate effective and meaningful communication and equal participation, CDI has identified methods and resources that shall be utilized. The following methods and resources will aid CDI in providing meaningful access to all individuals: • Upon request, CDI will provide, at no cost, accommodations necessary to ensure effective communication and equal participation. • CDI will ensure that its existing facilities are physically accessible for individuals with disabilities. CDI will also ensure that evacuation procedures for existing facilities account for individuals with disabilities. • CDI will ensure that future facilities and facility improvements are constructed in a manner to allow accessibility by persons with disabilities. Alterations to existing facilities shall, to the maximum extent feasible, be designed in a manner to allow accessibility by persons with disabilities. • CDI will engage in interactive, courteous dialogue with individuals making a request for accommodation. • CDI will maintain data on the nature and extent of the services provided to individuals with disabilities in an effort to develop better service strategies. • CDI will utilize local and community programs that offer services for persons with disabilities.
Staff TrainingAll CDI staff will be notified of the availability of this document on CDI’s website, provided a copy of this document, and educated on the procedures and services available under this document. The information contained herein will serve as an integral part of the CDI staff orientation process for all newly hired employees, and it will be integrated into periodic overviews during staff meetings. Current CDI staff will receive training on the requirements set forth by this document during group workshop sessions. Both new employee and current CDI employee training will cover the following topics: • General overview of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.; • CDI responsibilities to persons with disabilities; • Disability assistance services offered by CDI; • Procedures for providing assistance to persons with disabilities; • Documentation of requests for disabilities assistance; and • Procedures for handling complaints regarding disability assistance.
Providing Notice of Available Services to Persons with DisabilitiesCDI will take reasonable steps to ensure persons with disabilities are aware of available services, including the following: • A notice detailing the availability of disability assistance will be posted in the CDI reception area and in other public places. • A notice detailing the availability of disability assistance will be posted online at this link.
ComplaintsAny individual seeking to file a complaint may contact the CDI Civil Rights Coordinator if they feel they have been denied any benefits established by this document. CDI will investigate every complaint pursuant to its official complaint procedures, which can be found at this link .
To file a complaint, please contact the Civil Rights Coordinator, 10065 E. Harvard Ave., Denver, CO 80231, (720) 747-5100 [firstname.lastname@example.org] CDI and any of its agents will not coerce, intimidate, retaliate against, or discriminate against any individual for exercising a right under the ADA or Section 504, or for assisting another to exercise a right under the ADA or Section 504. This program and policy applies to all CDI subrecipients, agents, and contractors.