The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law prohibiting discrimination against individuals on the basis of disability. It was enacted on July 26, 1990, and was amended in 2008 with the ADA Amendments Act.
Title II of ADA pertains to the programs, activities and services provided by public entities. The City of Tiffin must comply with this section of the Act, as it specifically applies to public service agencies. Title II of ADA states that “no qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination by any such entity.” (42 USC Sec. 12132; 28 CFR Sec. 35.130)
City of Tiffin recognizes that public participation is an important component in the development of this transition plan. Input from the community has been gathered and used to help define priority areas for improvements within the jurisdiction of City of Tiffin.
Public outreach for preparation of this document has consisted of the following activities:
- The plan was publicly presented to and formerly adopted by City Council on May 1, 2023. This process allowed for public input at four separate public City Council meetings.
- Public meetings of the City of Tiffin’s ADA Advisory Committee are conducted to discuss issues, project updates, and implementation of the City’s ADA Transition Plan.
- The City website is to be updated to allow for submittal of formal complaints as well as view all public ADA documents.
In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, City of Tiffin will not discriminate against qualified individuals on the basis of disability in City’s services, programs or activities.
- Employment: The City 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: The City will generally, upon request, provide appropriate aids and services leading to effective communication for qualified persons with disabilities so they can participate equally in the City’s 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: The City will make all reasonable modifications to policies and procedures to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all City programs, services and activities. For example, individuals with service animals are welcomed in City offices, 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 City program, service or activity, should contact the office of the ADA Coordinator as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event: City Administrator, 51 East Market Street, Tiffin, Ohio 44883 Phone: (419) 448-5402; Email:email@example.com.
The ADA does not require the City to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services, or impose an undue financial or administrative burden.
The City 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.
This Grievance Procedure is established to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA"). It may be used by anyone who wishes to file a complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of disability in the provision of services, activities, programs, or benefits by the City of Tiffin. The City's Personnel Policy governs employment-related complaints of disability discrimination.
The complaint should be in writing and contain information about the alleged discrimination such as name, address, phone number of complainant and location, date, and description of the problem. Alternative means of filing complaints, such as personal interviews or a tape recording of the complaint, will be made available for persons with disabilities upon request.
The complaint should be submitted by the grievant and/or their designee as soon as possible but no later than 60 calendar days after the alleged violation to:
51 East Market Street Tiffin, Ohio 44883
Within 15 calendar days after receipt of the complaint, The City Administrator or their designee will meet with the complainant to discuss the complaint and the possible resolutions. Within 15 calendar days of the meeting, The City Administrator or their designee will respond in writing, and where appropriate, in a format accessible to the complainant, such as large print, Braille, or audio tape. The response will explain the position of the City of Tiffin and offer options for substantive resolution of the complaint.
For more information, see Appendix D - Public Notice of ADA Requirements and Grievance Procedure in the ADA Transition Plan.