THE ADA TRANSITION PLAN OVERVIEW
The American with Disabilities Act Transition Plan is the City of Columbia commitment to providing equal access to all of its public programs, services, facilities, and activities for citizens with disabilities. To develop this plan, the City of Columbia has undertaken a comprehensive evaluation of its facilities and programs to determine what types of access barriers exist for individuals with disabilities. This plan replaces previous self-evaluation and transition plans developed by the City and its departments, and will be used to guide future planning and implementation of necessary accessibility improvements.
The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 is a Federal Civil Rights Legislation, which mandates non-discrimination to persons with disabilities. The U.S. Congress signed the ADA in 1990, and it went into effect in 1992. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in access to jobs, public accommodations, and governmental services and programs, public transportation, and telecommunications.
Title I of the ADA prohibits local governments from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities in job application procedures, hiring, firing, advancement, compensation, job training, and other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment. The City of Columbia is currently reviewing and revising the City Policy to include a section specifically to an EEO program. Currently, there is language regarding the City’s prohibiting discrimination under Anti-harassment, but we want to better address our EEO program by updating our policy
Title II of the ADA prohibits general discrimination by local governments on the basis of disability contained in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. It prohibits the City from denying persons with disabilities the equal opportunity to participate in its services, programs, or activities, either directly or indirectly through contractual agreements.
It is important that the City of Columbia as a recipient of federal funding complies with all applicable federal and state laws, including those protecting persons with disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
“No otherwise qualified [disabled] individual in the United States shall, solely by reason of [disability], be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”