Americans with Disabilities Act

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In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the City will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in City services, programs, or activities.

Employment: 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).

Effective Communication: 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 and Procedures: The City will make all reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all City 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 City’s  ADA Coordinator, Debra Perbeck, at dperbeck@newtonkansas.com or 316-284-3640 (TDD Kansas Relay Center 7-1-1), 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 Debra Perbeck, at dperbeck@newtonkansas.com or 316-284-3640 (TDD Kansas Relay Center 7-1-1).

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.

Grievance Procedure

This Grievance Procedure is established to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. It may be used by anyone who wishes to file a complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of disability in the provision of services, activities, programs, or benefits by the City. The City's Personnel Policy governs employment-related complaints of disability discrimination.

The complaint should be in writing and contain information about the alleged discrimination such as name, address, phone number of complainant and location, date, and description of the problem. Alternative means of filing complaints, such as personal interviews or a tape recording of the complaint, will be made available for persons with disabilities upon request.

The complaint should be submitted by the grievant and/or his/her designee as soon as possible but no later than 60 calendar days after the alleged violation to:

Debra Perbeck, Director of Human Resources/ADA Coordinator
City of Newton
201 East 6th Street
PO Box 426
Newton, Kansas 67114

Office is located on the 2nd floor of City Hall

Office: (316) 284- 3640
TDD: Kansas Relay Center 7-1-1
 
OR by submitting the Discrimination Complaint Form

  

Within 15 calendar days after receipt of the complaint, the ADA Coordinator will meet with the complainant to discuss the complaint and the possible resolutions. Within 15 calendar days of the meeting, the ADA Coordinator will respond in writing, and where appropriate, in format accessible to the complainant, such as large print, Braille, or audio tape. The response will explain the position of the City and offer options for substantive resolution of the complaint.

If the response by ADA Coordinator does not satisfactorily resolve the issue, the complainant and/or his/her designee may appeal the decision within 15 calendar days after receipt of the response to the City Manager.

Within 15 calendar days after receipt of the appeal, the City Manager, will meet with the complainant to discuss the complaint and possible resolutions. Within 15 calendar days after the meeting, the City Manager will respond in writing, and, where appropriate, in a format accessible to the complainant, with a final resolution of the complaint.

All written complaints received by the ADA Coordinator, appeals to the City Manager, and responses will be retained by the City for at least three years.

Related Documents and Information

Notice Under the American's with Disabilities Act

City of Newton's Grievance Procedure Under the Americans with Disabilities Act

For services, programs, activities and facilities not associated with the City of Newton, please contact the following:

State Attorney General’s Office 
785-296-2215 
gemail@ksag.org

U.S. Department of Justice 
1-800-514-0301 
wemailb@usdoj.gov

Hearing and/or speech-impaired persons using a TDD/TTY may contact us through the Kansas Relay Center at 1-800-766-3777 or 711. 

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