ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in areas concerned with the public. These areas include government employment, schools, transportation, etc. The law exists to ensure that those with disabilities have the same opportunities and rights as those without disabilities.
Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan (SETP)
Self-evaluation grants state and local governments the opportunity to examine the entirety of their services and activities to confirm that they are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Providing sign language interpreters for the hearing impaired or accessways for mobility devices are a couple of accommodations that could be made available in compliance with ADA. The transition plan is put in place once all services and activities have been evaluated. The entity will then prioritize what needs to be fixed, changed or modified.
The administrative requirements of the SETP involve a great deal of public notice, such as a non-discrimination policy, statements regarding how job seekers may request an accommodation to apply for a job and information concerning the process that an employee must undergo when requesting an accommodation that is necessary for them to perform their duties. It is important to note that an SETP is required for all state and local governments that have over 50 employees. The SETP should be something that all departments should be monitoring and adjusting, not only to remain in accordance with the law but also to inform the community that your entity is inclusive of all people.