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CITY OF MIAMI ADA NON- DISCRIMINATION POLICY


I. PURPOSE:

The City of Miami is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious or family status, sex, national origin, age or disability pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Federal Highway Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992 and other nondiscrimination authorities, in any City affiliated program, service, or activity.

The City of Miami offers services, programs and activities for applicants, employees, residents and visitors. City of Miami services, programs and activities are those that are: (a) operated by City of Miami employees; (b) operated by appointed or elected City of Miami officials; (c) operated by an entity hired by the City of Miami; and or (d) funded by the City.

II. PROCEDURE FOR REQUESTING MODIFICATIONS TO CITY SERVICES, PROGRAMS OR ACTIVITIES

The City of Miami encourages anyone to request modifications to provide qualified individuals with a disability better access to its services, programs or activities.

1. Anyone who would like to request a modification to a City service, program or activity should contact the appropriate Department Director, or ADA Coordinator, by mail at 444 S.W. 2nd Avenue, 9th Floor, Risk Management Department, Miami, FL 33130; by telephone at (305) 416-1790; by TTY/TDD at (305) 416-1735; or fax at (305) 416-1710.

Requests for auxiliary aids and services to ensure effective communication for qualified individuals with a disability for public meetings should be directed to the Office of the City Clerk at (305) 250-5361; by TTY/TDD at 711 (Florida Relay Service)

Sign Language interpreting services can be requested via email to the ADA coordinator gcarvajal@miamigov.com. This request can be used for: scheduling an appointment for Sign Language interpreting services or cancelling an appointment. In order to ensure that interpreting services are provided as requested, please allow at least 48 hours advance notice for requests. Requests made less than 48 hours in advance of the service request date cannot be guaranteed.

2. The Department Director or the ADA Coordinator shall respond to each request for modification in writing, within a reasonable time of the request, and no later than thirty (30) days after receipt of the request.

3. Persons unsatisfied with any decision of the Department Director or ADA Coordinator may register a grievance. A grievance form can be mailed or can be printed by accessing the City of Miami website at www.miamigov.com

III Title VI ADA/ 504 Transition plan

The City of Miami has developed an Americans with Disability Act (ADA) Transition Plan to better serve its community and develop policies and practices for removing barriers to programs, services and activities by implementing accessibility improvements in the City of Miami. If you would like to receive a copy of the latest report submitted to the Department of Justice in connection with the Public Civic Access Agreement please contact the ADA Coordinator.

IV CITY OF MIAMI GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE UNDER THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITY ACT & TITLE VI OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT

The following Grievance Procedure is established to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act & Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. It may be used by non-employees who wish to file a complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of disability in programs or benefits offered by the City of Miami, Florida.

The complaint should be in writing and contain information regarding the alleged discrimination, citing the policy, statute or section of the federal regulations which have allegedly been violated as well as the specific location of the alleged violation. The complaint should contain the name, address and phone number of the individual initiating the complaint. Alternative formats for filing a grievance, such as personal interviews or tape recordings, will be available upon request for persons with disabilities. See attached Grievance Form.

The complaint should be submitted by the individual and/or his/her designee as soon as possible to the following individual:

Gloria Carvajal, Safety Officer, ADA Coordinator
Risk Management
444 S.W. 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33130
Tel. No: (305) 416-1790
Fax: (305) 416-1710
TTY: (305) 416-1735
Email: gcarvajal@miamigov.com

Within 15 calendar days after receipt of the complaint, the ADA Coordinator will meet with the complainant to discuss the issue and possible resolutions. Within 15 calendar days of the meeting, the ADA Coordinator will respond in writing, and when appropriate, in a format accessible to the complainant, such as large print, Braille, or audio tape. The response will explain the position of the City of Miami on the matter and options for resolution of the complaint.

If such response does not satisfactorily resolve the matter, the complainant and/or his/her designee may file an appeal within 15 calendar days of receiving the response from the ADA Coordinator. The appeal should be in writing and directed to the Risk Management Administrator. The Risk Management Administrator will attempt to meet with the complainant within 15 calendar days of receiving the appeal. Within 15 calendar days of the meeting, the Risk Management Administrator will respond in writing or in a format accessible to the complainant.

All written grievances and appeals will be kept on file in the City of Miami for at least three years.