Americans with Disabilities Act

NOTICE UNDER THE AMERICANS WITH  DISABILITIES ACT


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


Employment: The Village of Waunakee 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 Village of Waunakee  will generally, upon request, provide appropriate aids and services leading to effective communication for qualified persons with disabilities so they can participate equally in Village’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 Village of Waunakee 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 Village’s 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 Village’s should contact the office of the ADA Coordinator as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event.


The ADA does not require the Village 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 Village is not accessible to persons with disabilities should be directed to the ADA Coordinator.


The Village 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 under The Americans with Disabilities Act

Purpose

This Grievance Procedure is established to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA").  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 Village of Waunakee.  The Village's Personnel Policy governs employment-related complaints of disability discrimination. 

Complaint Format

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.  We have provided the following form for your convenience. LINK TO DOWNLOAD PDF OF FORM OR SUBMIT FORM ONLINE

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:                                               

Caitlin Stene, Village Clerk
ADA Coordinator
Village of Waunakee
500 West Main Street
Waunakee, WI 53597
(608) 850-8500
cstene@waunakee.com

After Submission: What To Expect

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 a format accessible to the complainant,