Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

Americans With Disabilities Act information for external use only.

**This page is for external community requests only. Adams County employees with internal ADA questions should check the ADA page on myAdams.**

Adams County is committed to ensuring individuals with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate in our programs, services, and activities under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Please refer to our Disability Rights Notice for more information.

 

Adams County complies with applicable federal and state civil rights laws and does not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, ethnic or national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, creed, political beliefs, or disability in employment, admission or access to, treatment or participation in, or receipt of the services and benefits under any of its programs, services and activities, whether carried out by the County directly or through a contractor or any other entity with which it arranges to carry out its programs, services and activities. Adams County supports the objectives of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) to ensure equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public programs, activities and services. Adams County is committed to providing reasonable policy modifications, which ensure equitable access to and participation in our programs and services, when viewed in their entirety, for all citizens. Our Non-discrimination Policy outlines our commitment to comply with Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 

SECTION 504 OF THE REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973 (Section 504) is a federal law protecting qualified individuals with disabilities from discrimination. This law applies to entities receiving federal assistance.

 

TITLE II OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILTIES ACT OF 1990, AS AMENDED (ADA) is a federal law protecting qualified individuals with disabilities from discrimination. This law applies to all state and local government agencies.

 

DISABILITY is defined as a person with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities; a record of such an impairment; or being regarded as having such an impairment. Major life activities include caring for one’s self, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, working, and learning.

 

QUALIFIED INDIVIDUAL WITH A DISABILITY is defined in Title II ADA as “an individual with a disability who, with or without reasonable modifications to rules, policies, or practices, the removal of architectural, communication, or transportation barriers, or the provision of auxiliary aids and services, meets the essential eligibility requirements for the receipt of services or the participation in programs or activities provided by a public entity.”  

Requesting Auxiliary Aids and Services

We have procedures to ensure effective communication with qualified individuals with disabilities. These procedures apply to all of the many different forms of communication that we use when communicating about services, programs, eligibility and enrollment, benefits, etc. Adams County will provide all necessary auxiliary aids and services without cost to the person being served unless it would fundamentally alter the nature of the program, service, or activity or the auxiliary aids and services cause undue burden. Some examples of auxiliary aids and services are: 

  • Qualified sign language interpreters 
  • Documents in Braille 
  • Note takers 
  • Qualified readers 
  • Taped text 
  • Large print materials 
  • Assistive listening devices

If you need an Auxiliary Aid or Service to achieve effective communication with Adams County, please contact the Adams County ADA/504 Coordinator or complete and submit the Auxiliary Aids and Services Request Form. We will attempt to process all requests within 2 business days, however please understand that certain types of auxiliary aids and services may require additional time for processing. For this reason, please contact us as soon as you become aware that you may need an auxiliary aid or service.

Requesting Reasonable Modifications

Adams County shall make reasonable modifications to policies, practices and procedures to avoid discrimination on the basis of disability, unless a modification would fundamentally alter the nature of the program, service, or activity or a modification causes undue burden.

 

NOTE: If you are an Adams County employee seeking an ADA accommodation for a workplace issue, contact People & Culture Services per the “Disability and Religious Accommodation” policy or visit the ADA page on myAdams.

 

If you are a member of the public who needs a Reasonable Modification to policies, practices, or procedures, please contact the Adams County ADA/504 Coordinator or use the Reasonable Modifications Request Form. Reasonable Modification requests are processed as quickly as possible. Timing may vary depending on the nature and complexity of the request. 

Complaints and Grievances

If you feel that you have not been able to access Adams County government because of accessibility issues, or have been discriminated against based on your disability, you can file a complaint within 30 days and submit it to the Adams County ADA/504 Coordinator. Complaints should be in writing whenever possible, however, if you are unable to write your complaint due to a disability, alternatives are available. Please use the ADA Complaint Form or contact the Adams County ADA/504 Coordinator to discuss alternate methods for filing a complaint. Upon receipt of your complaint form, your complaint will be investigated and you will be contacted with the results or how to further proceed. This form and process are designed to provide you with the opportunity to quickly and effectively resolve any issue(s) as they relate to the ADA and Adams County. For additional information on filing a complaint, please refer to the ADA Complaint Procedure.

Anti-Retaliation Policy

Adams County shall not discriminate against any individual because that individual has opposed any act or practice made unlawful by the ADA, or because that individual made a charge, testified, assisted, or participated in any manner in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing under the ADA.

 

Adams County shall not coerce, intimidate, threaten, or interface with any individual in the exercise or enjoyment of, or on account of his or her having aided or encouraged any other individual in the exercise or enjoyment of, any right granted or protected by the ADA.

Transition Plans and Public Accommodation Policies

The Adams County Board of County Commissioners has adopted the County’s ADA Public Accommodation Policies, Adams County Master Transition Plan, Transportation Transition Plan, and Facilities Transition Plan. Adams County’s Self Evaluation is available here.
 
The County’s ADA Transition Plans outline proposed enhancements and/or modifications to public right-of-ways, as well as County facilities and parks, to bring them into compliance with ADA requirements. Adams County will continue to strive to offer accessibility for everyone.

For more information, please contact the county’s ADA coordinator at [email protected]  or 720.523.6325.

More Information

For questions or concerns pertaining to compliance related to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Adams County ADA/504 Coordinator:

 

Adams County ADA Coordinator
County Attorney's Office
4430 S. Adams County Parkway, Suite C5000B
Brighton, CO 80601-8206
Phone: 720.523.6325| Fax: 720.523.6114 

Adams County TTY number (Government Center): 720.523.6044

 

NOTE:  If you are an Adams County employee seeking an ADA accommodation for a workplace issue, contact the Human Resources Department per the “Disability and Religious Accommodation” policy.