The purposes of Contra Costa County's Disability Program are to increase the participation of disabled applicants and employees. The County provides assistance to disabled employees and citizens receiving services, programs, and/or participating in County activities. The County's Disability Program began in 1978, and includes complying with the requirements of the County's Rehabilitation Program, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).
The County does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices; in providing access to its programs, services, activities; or in treatment of individuals.
A. Recruitment and Accommodations
The County is active in recruiting qualified disabled applicants. The County established policies and procedures to protect disabled employees from discrimination and to provide reasonable accommodations.
B. Facility Accessibility
The County updated the "Transition Plan and Improvement Plan" for selected facilities (ten year plan) to ensure county facilities (buildings, parks, curb ramps, etc.) are accessible to individuals with disabilities.
C. Services, Programs, and Activities
The County reviews its services, programs, and activities in each department to ensure accessibility to persons with disabilities.
WHAT DOES EQUAL ACCESS MEAN?
Equal access means compliance with all federal and State laws that prohibit discrimination against persons with disabilities, Section 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Fair Employment and Housing Act, and California Government Code Sections 11135 through 11139.7. Contra Costa County will make every effort to:
Make all reasonable modifications to its policies and procedures to ensure persons with disabilities have equal access to County programs, services, and activities.
Provide upon request, appropriate aids and accommodations to support effective communication for persons with disabilities so that they can participate equally in county programs, services, and activities at no cost to the individual.
Address inquiries and resolve accessibility grievances related to the County's programs, services and activities.