Americans with Disabilities Act Information

Americans with Disabilities Act
The federal legislations known as the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design and the original Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 provide civil rights protections to persons with disabilities in the areas of employment, state and local government services, and access to public accommodations, transportation, and telecommunications. Title II of the ADA requires certain standards to be met by local governments concerning equal access to public programs, services, and activities. With the advent of the ADA, designing and constructing facilities for public use that are not accessible by people with disabilities constitutes discrimination. Title II prohibits any local government from discriminating against persons with disabilities.

To view Valparaiso's ADA Transition Plan for Facilities in the Rights-of-Ways please select the link below. Alternate formats are available upon request.
(ADA Transition Plan for Facilities in the Rights-of-Way PDF)

ADA Coordinator

Public Notice
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 advance 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 programs 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 with a disability 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 City Administrator/ADA Coordinator as soon as possible but no later than five business days before the scheduled event.
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.
Complaints that a City program, service, or activity is not accessible to persons with disabilities should be directed to the office the Public Works at 219-462-4612.
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.

Grievance Procedure

If you would like to report inaccessible city facilities, programs, or activities please fill out the "ADA Notice and Grievance Procedure" form found below. Send completed forms by email to the ADA coordinator.

ADA Notice and Grievance Procedure