The Guthrie City Council established the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Advisory Committee October of 2017 to serve the City as an advisory resource on all matters as it relates to Title II of the ADA.
The ADA was passed by congress in 1990. Title II of the ADA notes that state and local governments “cannot deny services to people with disabilities participation in programs or activities which are available to people without disabilities. In addition, public transportation systems, such as public transit buses, must be accessible to individuals with disabilities.”
The Committees goals and responsibilities include:
- Provide advice, recommendations to improve accessibility, and identify accessibility needs and issues to new and existing programs, services, and facilities as it relates to Title II of the ADA.
- Develop relationships with other organizations serving individuals with disabilities as identified by the ADA and actively engage in education and outreach activities as it relates to Title II of the ADA.
- Annually develop a work plan consisting of goals and objectives for the Committee to pursue.
- Provide opportunities for the public to comment on alternatives and proposals related to accessibility improvements under consideration and disseminate information to all interested, affected, and/or concerned groups and citizens about plans or decisions related to the Committee’s work.
- Monitor ADA complaints and direct them to the appropriate agencies and staff (staff for Title II issues and Civil Rights for Title III issues).
- Seek out opportunities to discuss issues of accessibility with residents and familiarize themselves with the range of public opinion.
- Consider any issue brought before it by the public that directly relates to issues of accessibility or the ADA.
- Familiarize themselves with the ADA and status of existing City and County programs, services, and facilities.
- Actively participate in the ADA Advisory Committee meetings, public information, and community involvement efforts.