ADA Policy Statement and Grievance Procedure

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Policy Statement:

The Town of Southbridge does not discriminate on the basis of disability in access to, or employment in, programs, services and/or activities.

Accordingly, the Town of Southbridge will:

Take appropriate steps to ensure that communications with applicants, participants, and members of the public with disabilities are as effective as communications with others.
Make reasonable accommodations in policies, practices, or procedures when necessary to avoid discrimination on the basis of disability, unless a fundamental alteration in a local government program would result.
Operate its programs so that, when viewed in their entirety, they are readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.

The Town of Southbridge will not:

Refuse to allow a person with a disability to participate in a local government service, program, or activity simply because the person has a disability.
Require that participation in programs or services and benefits to individuals with disabilities be separate or different from those who are not disabled.
Subject individuals with disabilities to discrimination in employment under any local government service, program, or activity.

Other information on the federal regulations regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act can be obtained from:

Office of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Civil Rights Division
U.S. Department of Justice
Washington, DC 20035-6118
(202) 514-0301 (Voice) or (202) 514-0381 (TDD)