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The Tamara D. Grigsby Office for Equity and Inclusion

Americans With Disabilities Act & Title VI Civil Rights Act

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 is a comprehensive Federal civil rights legislation that guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life. Dane County is a covered entity under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In compliance with the ADA, it’s our goal to provide all individuals with appropriate access to services and facilities that are owned and operated by Dane County government. We recognize that circumstances may change and require service or facility modifications to remain in compliance with the ADA. Dane County is committed to making any necessary improvements to remain accessible. If you observe a potential ADA accessibility issue please contact the ADA Coordinator at (608) 267-1520.

Please note: The Resource section below provides resources that may be able to better meet your needs.

Highlights of Dane County ADA Coordinator Services:
  • Oversees compliance by Dane County government for Titles I & II of the ADA
  • Oversees the ADA reasonable accommodation process for Dane County government employees
  • Insures compliance of Dane County government facilities with the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design
  • Provides ADA technical assistance to Dane County staff and Departments
  • Investigates ADA complaints made against the Dane County government
  • Provides ADA Technical Assistance for various Dane County projects
  • Oversees the Sign Language Interpreter program that provides sign language interpreters for Dane County programs and services

Local ADA Resources

Access to Independence

  • Address: 3810 Milwaukee St, Madison, WI 53714
  • Phone: (608) 242-8484

Advocates for all people who have a disability; provides Info & Referral, Assistive technology info and a loan closet.

Aging and Disability Resource Center of Dane County

  • Phone: (608) 240-7400
  • Front Desk Receptionist: (608) 240-7474
  • Toll-Free: (855) 417-6892
  • Email: adrc@countyofdane.com

Provides information about resources and support on all aspects of life related to aging or living with a disability and is a one-stop shop for older adults, people with disabilities, and their families.

Disability Rights Wisconsin, Inc. (DRW)

  • Statewide Toll Free Number: 800-927-8778

Provides legal consultation and advocacy to parents and individuals with disabilities (formerly called “Wisconsin Coalition for Advocacy”)

Legal Action of Wisconsin

  • Address: 31 S. Mills St., Madison, WI 53715
  • Phone - Intake: (608) 256-3258
  • Phone - Toll Free: 800-362-3904
  • Walk-In & Phone Intake Times: Potential clients may call or walk-in to our Madison office any time from 9:00 - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday, to see if they are eligible for our services.

Free civil legal services to low-income persons and senior citizens in the Southern half of Wisconsin.

Madison (City): ADA Paratransit Services: City of Madison

  • Phone: (608) 266-4466

The ADA requires public transit agencies to provide paratransit service to persons with disabilities: Paratransit service complements the same area and hours of the city bus system.

Madison (City): Civil Rights Dept.

  • Address: 210 ML King, Jr. Blvd., Rm 523, Madison, WI 53703
  • Phone: (608) 266-4910
  • Email: drc@cityofmadison.com

ADA issues pertaining to the City of Madison: promotes equality and the prevention and elimination of discrimination through education and enforcement.

McBurney Resource Center

  • Address: UW-Madison, 702 W. Johnson St - Ste 2104
  • Phone (V): (608) 263-2741
  • Phone (Text): (608) 225-7956
  • Phone (Fax): (608) 265-2998
  • Email: mcburney@studentlife.wisc.edu

UW-Madison Resource for ADA issues. Note: McBurney provides disability-related counseling and advising. Specific questions about academic and degree requirements should be directed to academic advisors.

Wisconsin Department of Health + Human Services: ADA Info + links

  • Address: Department of Health Services, 1 West Wilson Street, Madison, WI 53703
  • General Phone: (608) 266-1865
  • TTY Phone: 711 (then give operator general number)
  • Email: DHSwebmaster@wisconsin.gov

Webpage listing links to WI Statutes + various agencies related to ADA

United Way: 211 Service

  • Dial: "211"

United Way’s 211 is an I & R computer database that includes listings under issues that relate to ADA.
Simply dial: “2-1-1” to get an operator on the line and he/she can help you. Give “Keyword” and 211 will look up resources

National ADA Resources

ADA.gov

Comprehensive Government Website with links to all areas concerned with the ADA: (laws, tech. assistance, building codes, EEOC & DOJ regulations/guidances, and more…)

Air Carrier Access Act

Title 14Chapter IISubchapter D:
Part 382 - Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in Air Travel

The Air Carrier Access Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in air travel and requires air carriers to accommodate the needs of passengers with disabilities.

(DOJ) Federal- Department of Justice: Disability Rights

Covers Title II of ADA (State & Local Government)

(EEOC) Federal Equal Opportunity Office Disability Discrimination webpage

Covers Title I of ADA (employment)

FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act)

Entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons continuing with group health insurance coverage as if the employee had not taken leave.

Great Lakes ADA Center: Chicago

Part of national network of ADA Resource centers. Has information on ADA issues: all 5 Titles of the ADA

Civil Rights/ Title VI

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 states:

“No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” ( 42 U.S.C. Sec 2000d)

If you believe that you have been discriminated or retaliated against in the course of seeking employment with, receiving services from, or contracting with Dane County or a Dane County funded agency, please complete the this form.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Contract Compliance Specialist, Joe Oby, at oby.joe@countyofdane.com.

For Dane County Employees:

Please go on the DCINet and review the Complaint of Discrimination form for instructions.

If you have a discrimination complaint that involves an entity not connected to or receiving funding from Dane County, please utilize the resources listed below: