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File #: 210128    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 2/11/2021 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 2/11/2021
Title: Authorizing the Committee on People with Disabilities and Special Needs to hold hearings regarding services for people with disabilities and general compliance with and enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Sponsors: Councilmember Green, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Brooks, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Parker
Attachments: 1. Signature21012800
Title
Authorizing the Committee on People with Disabilities and Special Needs to hold hearings regarding services for people with disabilities and general compliance with and enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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WHEREAS, The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), signed into law in 1990 and amended in 2008, prohibits unjustified discrimination against people on the basis of their disabilities and requires that workplaces and public accommodations be accessible to people with disabilities; and

WHEREAS, The ADA covers a wide range of physical and mental conditions, which need not be severe or permanent, including deafness, blindness, intellectual disabilities, partial or missing limbs or mobility impairments requiring the use of a wheelchair, Autism, cancer, cerebral palsy, diabetes, epilepsy, HIV infection, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and schizophrenia, among others; and

WHEREAS, Under the law, individuals with disabilities should enjoy freedom from discrimination and full and equal access to public accommodations, including government buildings, schools, housing, lodgings, transportation, recreation facilities, care providers, public displays, restaurants and stores; and

WHEREAS, Individuals with disabilities, most notably those who are deaf or hard of hearing, have speech difficulties, are blind or have low vision are also guaranteed telecommunications and internet access, which has led to the widespread installation of public telecommunications devices for the deaf, and to the establishment of telecommunications relay services in every U.S. state and territory; and

WHEREAS, In 2015, as people in the disability community marked the 25th Anniversary of the ADA's passage, it was widely noted that while people with disabilities' circumstances have certainly improved, notably in the areas of improved access to public servi...

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