Notice Under the Americans With Disabilities Act

Notice Under the Americans With Disabilities Act

In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in the City’s services, programs, or activities.

Employment: DRS does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices and complies with all regulations promulgated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Effective Communication: DRS will generally, upon request, provide appropriate aids and services leading to effective communication for qualified persons with disabilities so they can participate equally in DRS’ programs, services and activities, including qualified sign language interpreters, documents in Braille and other ways of making information and communications accessible to people who have speech, hearing, or vision impairments.

Modifications to Policies and Procedures: DRS will make all reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all agency programs, services and activities. For example, individuals with service animals are welcomed in DRS offices and facilities, even where pets are generally prohibited.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a DRS program, service or activity, should contact their counselor or the ADA Coordinator, Charles Watt at (405) 951-3411 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event.

The ADA does not require DRS to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services, or impose an undue financial or administrative burden.

Complaints that a DRS program, service or activity is not accessible to persons with disabilities should be directed to:

Charles Watt, ADA Coordinator
Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services
3535 NW 58th Street, Suite 500
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
Or via email to CWatt@okdrs.gov

DRS will not place a surcharge on a particular individual with a disability or any group of individuals with disabilities to cover the cost of providing auxiliary aids/services or reasonable modifications of policy, such as retrieving items from locations that are open to the public but are not accessible to persons who use wheelchairs.

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