ADA Self Evaluation/Transition Plan

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This site exists to help you get information and/or to resolve complaints regarding ADA issues within the City of Opelika. Use this website for easy access to the information and/or forms you may need.

CITY OF OPELIKA'S AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT SELF EVALUATION/TRANSITION PLAN

The SELF EVALUATION AND TRANSITION PLAN (PLAN) was last updated on April 27, 2018. The Opelika City Council adopted the plan after a work session on May 15, 2018.

The plan includes reference to the city's sidewalk system generated during the plan's preparation. A list of sidewalks are listed on the ADA Exhibit “E” Public Right of Way Report – Sidewalks.

This plan will be reviewed and updated regularly. Comments or questions regarding the plan, and for consideration for future updates to the plan, may be submitted in writing by completion of the comment-request online form, by email to hr@opeika-al.gov or by mail to Lisa McLeod, Human Resources Director / ADA Coordinator, 204 S. 7th Street, P.O. Box 390, City of Opelika, AL  326803.

NOTICE UNDER THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

The City of Opelika is committed to becoming the safest, most business and family friendly city in America by 2023. Fair and humane treatment of everyone, especially those with disabilities, is reflective of our character as a city and community. Preventable access barriers to city services, programs, activities, or employment for disabled persons present an unwelcoming and unprofessional impression,and limit the city's potential and sense of community.

In accordance with the requirements of title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA"), the City of Opelika will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs, or activities.

Employment: The City of Opelika 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 ADA.

Effective Communication: The City of Opelika 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 of Opelika’s programs, services and activities, including qualified sign language interpreters, 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 of Opelika will make all reasonable modifications to 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 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 program, service, or activity of the City of Opelikashould contact the office of the ADA Coordinator, as soon as possible, but no later than 72 hours before the scheduled event. The ADA Accommodation Request Form for Programs and Facilities  may be used for this purpose. Additionally, requestors may directly communicate their request with the city department organizing the event, or, the city’s Human Resources office.

The City of Opelika 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.

The ADA does not require the City of Opelika 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 program, service, or activity of the City of Opelika is not accessible to persons with disabilities should be directed to the city's ADA Coordinator via our ADA Exhibit G, Formal Grievance Form , or directly to:

Lisa McLeod
204 S. 7th Street
Opelika, AL  36803
334-705-5130
hr@opelika-al.gov