ADA Documents and Resources
- Accessibility Statement
In compliance with Johnson County's obligations under applicable federal and state law, all institutional publications that describe or invite public participation in Johnson County programs are to contain the following statement:
"Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all Johnson County-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact (insert: the sponsoring department/office and contact person) in advance at (insert: telephone number and/or email) or the Johnson County ADA Coordinator at 319-356-6000 or [email protected]"
The sponsoring department name or contact person and telephone number must be incorporated into the statement, as it is the responsibility of the sponsoring department/office which is most familiar with the even to make the necessary reasonable accommodations.
- Notice under the Americans with Disability Acts
In accordance with the requirements of title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Johnson County will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs, or activities.
Johnson County 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
Johnson County will generally, upon request, provide appropriate aids and services leading to effective communication for qualified persons with disabilities so they can participate equally in Johnson County programs, services, and activities, including qualified sign language interpreters, documents in Braille, and other ways of making information and communication accessible to people who have speech, hearing or vision impairments.
- Modifications to Policies and Procedures
Johnson County 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 Johnson County 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 activities of Johnson County, should contact the Johnson County ADA Coordinator in the Board of Supervisors Office, 913 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City, Iowa, 319-356-6000, [email protected] as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event.
The ADA does not require Johnson County to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services, impose an undue financial or administrative burden.
Complaints that a program, service, or activity of Johnson County is not accessible to person with disabilities should be directed to the ADA Coordinator in the Board of Supervisors Office, 913 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City, Iowa, 319-356-6000, [email protected].
Johnson County 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.
- ADA Grievance Procedure
Johnson County is required to adopt and publish procedures for resolving complaints arising under the ADA Title II. These procedures are intended to set up a system for resolving concerns regarding disability discrimination in a prompt and fair manner. Johnson County has designated the Johnson Count Executive Director as the Johnson County ADA Title II Coordinator (ADA Coordinator). The Executive Director can be reached at the Office of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors at 913 S. Dubuque Street, Suite 201, Iowa City, IA 52240, 319-356-6000.
The Grievance Procedure and grievance Form can be found at www.johnsoncountyiowa.gov.
- ADA Grievance Procedure
1. A formal written grievance should be files on ADA Grievance Form. An oral grievance can be files by contacting ADA Coordinator. The oral grievance will be reduced to writing by ADA Coordinator utilizing ADA Grievance Form.
- The name, address, and phone number of the person filing the grievance.
- The name, address, and telephone number of the person alleging ADA violation, if other than the person filing the grievance.
- A description and location of the alleged violation and the remedy sought.
- Information regarding whether a complaint has been filed with the Department of Justice or other federal or state civil rights agency or court.
- If a complaint has been files, the name of the agency or court where the complaint was filed, and the date the complaint was filed.
2. The grievance will be either responded to or acknowledged within 10 working days to receipt. If the grievance filed does not concern a Johnson County facility, it will be forwarded to the appropriate agency and the grievant will be notified.
3. Within 60 calendar days of receipt, the ADA Coordinator will conduct the investigation necessary to determine the validity of the alleged violation. If appropriate, the ADA coordinator will arrange to meet with the grievant to discuss the matter and attempt to reach a resolution of the grievance. Any resolution of the grievance will be documented in Johnson County ADA Grievance File.
4. If a resolution of the grievance is not reached, a written determination as to the validity of the complaint and description of the resolution, if appropriate, shall be issued by ADA Coordinator and a copy forwarded to the grievant no later than 90 days from the date of Johnson County's receipt of the grievance.
5. The grievant may appeal the written determination. The request for reconsideration shall be in writing and filed with the Johnson County Board of Supervisors within 30 days after the ADA Title II Coordinator's determination has been mailed to the grievant. The Board of Supervisors shall review the request for reconsideration and make a final determination within 90 days from the filing of the request for reconsideration.
6. If the grievant is dissatisfied with Johnson County's handling of the grievance at any stage of the process or does not wish to file a grievance through the Johnson County's ADA Grievance Procedure, the grievant may file a complaint directly with the United States Department of Justice or other appropriate state or federal agency.
The resolution of any specific grievance will require consideration of varying circumstances, such as the specific nature of the disability; the nature of the access to services, programs, or facilities at issue and the essential eligibility requirements for participation; the health and safety of others; and the degree to which an accommodation would constitute a fundamental alteration to the program, service, or facility, or cause an undue hardship to Johnson County. Accordingly, the resolution by Johnson County of any one grievance does not constitute a precedent upon which Johnson County is bound or upon which other complaining parties may rely.
- File Maintenance
Johnson County's ADA Coordinator shall remain ADA grievance files for a period of three years.
- ADA Complaint Form
The following person has been designated to handle questions, concerns, complaints, requests for accommodation, or requests for additional information regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act, or inquiries regarding accessibility:
Board of Supervisors Office Executive Director
913 S Dubuque St
Iowa City, IA 52240