mission of the ADA Office is to work toward a universally-designed
environment that makes it easy for all people, regardless of
disability, to participate fully in community life. This mission
echoes the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of
1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. It is the
policy of the City of Schenectady to provide equal access to all City
sponsored services, programs and activities for citizens, visitors
and employees with disabilities. The City of Schenectady will
work to assure the advancement of legal rights and the promotion of
maximum opportunities, accommodations and accessibility for all
NOTICE UNDER THE AMERICANS WITH
In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with
Disabilities Act of 1990, the City of Schenectady will not
discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the
basis of disability in the City's services, programs, activities, or
The City will provide appropriate auxiliary aids and services, unless
to do so would result in a fundamental alteration of its programs or
an undue administrative or financial burden.
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 ADA.
Complaints that a City program, service, or activity is not
accessible to persons with disabilities should be directed to the
City ADA Coordinator.
CITY OF SCHENECTADY, NEW YORK
GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE UNDER
THE AMERICANS WITH
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 will be made available for
persons with disabilities upon their request.
The complaint should be submitted by the grievant and/or his/her
designee no later than 60 calendar days after he/she becomes aware of
the alleged violations to:
Room 14, City Hall
105 Jay Street
Schenectady, NY 12305
Phone: (518) 382-5147
Fax : (518) 382-5275
Within 15 calendar days after receipt of the complaint, the ADA Coordinator
or an appropriate designated department official will respond to the
complainant to discuss the complaint and possible resolutions.
the response by the ADA Coordinator or designee 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 Corporation Counsel
Within 15 calendar days after receipt of the complaint, the City Corporation
Counsel’s Office or an appropriate designated City Official
will respond to the complainant to discuss the complaint and possible
resolutions. Within 15 calendar days of the response, the City Corporation
Counsel’s Office or a designee will respond in writing in
format accessible to the complainant with a final resolution of the
American with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) consists of five (5) titles.
I of the act prohibits discrimination against persons with
disabilities in employment.
II prohibits discrimination by state and local governments and
requires that they ensure all facilities,
services and information provided are accessible to persons with
III provides for nondiscrimination against persons with disabilities
in public accommodations.
IV of the acts bans discrimination in telecommunications.
contains miscellaneous provisions clarifying ADA's
relationship to other laws and addressing such issues as health
of the ADA is the responsibility of the U.S. Department of Justice.
City of Schenectady is committed to ensuring that persons with
disabilities have access to City services, programs, activities and
facilities. Any person believing that such access is not available in
Schenectady should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator Ahmad
Advisory Board (SDAB)
is the mission of the City Of Schenectady’s Disabilities Advisory
Board to influence the quality of support to individuals with
disabilities, to respect personal choice and diversity, ensure
fundamental human rights and optimize individual strengths.
in an advisory role to improve the access of citizens with
disabilities to all government and community facilities and
activities and make recommendations relating to disabilities
community leadership on improvement of efficiency and effectiveness
of community developmental disabilities programs.
disability advisory board and staff are critical to the development
and delivery of community services that meet the needs of people with
disabilities; this includes addressing the issue of individuals who
are currently waiting for
representatives of the community, advisory board members have an
advocacy responsibility on behalf of people with disabilities and
their families. Board members are also in a unique position to share
information with other community members. They are also responsible
for gathering information and deciding the direction and need for
to the City of Schenectady ADA Coordinator, measures designed to
eliminate prejudice and discrimination; and promotes and encourages
communication between groups interested in bettering community
relations to enhance the quality of life for City of Schenectady
citizens with disabilities.
for accessible, affordable housing and transportation
and supporting integrated recreational opportunities;
employment opportunities in the public and private sector;
and advocating for equitable, affordable medical services;
Disabilities Advisory Board is comprised of three (3) Committees
with a total of Thirteen
(13) members who advocate for people with disabilities in the City.
Members advise the City ADA Office on issues effecting people with
disabilities including ADA compliance, transportation, housing,
City government and services for
people with disabilities.
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