Americans with Disabilities Act
Americans with Disabilities Act (Title 1) Policy
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 is one of a series of federal laws designed to prevent discrimination. Title 1 of the ADA, the employment title, is designed to eliminate disability-based discrimination in the workplace. Complaints regarding private corporations or businesses should be made through the Federal ADA website.
Title I requires employers to give individuals with disabilities the same consideration for employment and career advancement that other individuals are afforded. In the process, employers may have to provide reasonable accommodations, which are changes in the workplace policies and procedures or the physical environment that enable individuals with disabilities to enjoy equal employment opportunities. If you are a County employee and need to request a reasonable accommodation, under Title 1 of the ADA, please contact County of Bucks Human Resources.
Americans with Disabilities Act (Title 2) Policy
Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides that
no qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination by any such entity (42 USC.A. Section 12132). Pursuant to that requirement, if you are an individual with a disability who needs an accommodation in order to use or participate in any County service, program, or activity of the County, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. The ADA does not require Bucks County to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services, or impose an undue financial or administrative burden.
If you require an accommodation under the ADA, it is recommended that you make your request as soon as possible or at least three business days before your scheduled participation in any County service, program or activity. All requests for accommodation, regardless of timeliness, will be given due consideration and if necessary, may require an interactive process between the requestor and the Bucks County Title II ADA Coordinator to determine the best course of action.
Request a Reasonable Accommodation Under Title 2
To request a reasonable accommodation under Title 2 of the ADA regarding a County building or property or are a County employee please complete the Request for Reasonable Accommodation Form (PDF) and return it to Bucks County Administration Building.
Elizabeth M. Oquendo, Esquire, Bucks County Title 2 ADA Coordinator
Bucks County Administration Building
55 E Court Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
Law Department, 5th Floor
If you need assistance completing this form, contact the Bucks County Title 2 ADA Coordinator.
Complaints alleging violations of Title 2 under the ADA regarding County owned Buildings/Properties or as a County employee, may be filed with Elizabeth M. Oquendo , Esq., Bucks County Title 2 ADA Coordinator. A response will be sent to you after careful review of the facts.
Americans with Disabilities (Title 2) Act Grievance Procedure
This grievance procedure is established for the prompt resolution of complaints alleging any violation of Title 2 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in the provision of County services, programs, or activities. If you require a reasonable accommodation to complete this form, or need this form in an alternate format, please contact Elizabeth M. Oquendo , County ADA Coordinator. Complaints regarding non County owned buildings, properties or private businesses should be filed through the Federal ADA website.
To file a complaint about a County owned building/property or as a County employee under the Grievance Procedure please take the following steps:
- Complete the Complaint Form (PDF) and return to Elizabeth M. Oquendo , Bucks County Title 2 ADA Coordinator. Alternative means of filing complaints will be made available for persons with disabilities upon request. The complaint should be submitted as soon as possible but no later than 60 calendar days after the alleged violation.
- Within 15 calendar days of receipt of the complaint, the ADA Coordinator (or designated individual) will investigate the complaint, including meeting with the individual seeking an accommodation, either in person or via telephone, to discuss the complaint and the possible resolutions. Within 15 calendar days of the meeting, the ADA Coordinator (or designated individual) will respond in writing, and where appropriate, in a format accessible to the complainant, such as large print, Braille, or audio. The response will explain the position of Bucks County and offer options for substantive resolution of the complaint.
- If the response to the County complaint does not satisfactorily resolve the issue, the complainant may appeal the decision within 15 calendar days after receipt of the response to Margaret McKevit. Within 15 calendar days after receipt of the appeal, the Chief Operating Officer (or designated individual) will have a meeting (either by telephone or in person) with the complainant to discuss the County complaint and possible resolutions. Within 15 calendar days after the meeting, Ms. McKevitt (or designated individual) will respond in writing, and, where appropriate, in a format accessible to the complainant, with a final resolution of the complaint.
This grievance procedure is informal. An individual’s participation in this informal process is completely voluntary. Use of this grievance procedure is not a prerequisite to and does not preclude a complainant from pursuing other remedies available under law.