Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities, Civil Rights Office
2200 E. 42nd Avenue
PO Box 196900
Anchorage AK 99519-6900
1-800-770-6236 inside Alaska
"It is the policy of the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) that no qualified individual with a disability shall, solely on the basis of his or her disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any of its programs, services, or activities as provided by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). ADOT&PF further assures that every effort will be made to provide nondiscrimination in all of its programs and activities regardless of the funding source, including FTA, FAA, FHWA, and state funds."
The Department ADA Coordinator, working out of the Civil Rights Office, is responsible for oversight and assurances of the ADOT&PF ADA program. Many of the day-to-day activities regarding ADA compliance are handled individually by each section.
Under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) and 28 CFR §35.105, all State and local governments are required to evaluate current services, policies and practices to ensure they are best serving the needs of the entire public, including those with disabilities. The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) provides many services to Alaskans as consumers of Alaska’s transportation infrastructure. The ADA Transition Plan(s) document ADOT&PF’s efforts to transition to a more equitable and accessible Alaska.
Title II applies to State and local government entities, and, in subtitle A, protects qualified individuals with disabilities from discrimination on the basis of disability in services, programs, and activities provided by State and local government entities. Title II extends the prohibition on discrimination established by section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, 29 U.S.C. 794, to all activities of State and local governments regardless of whether these entities receive Federal financial assistance.
Title II Policy Statement
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance Program coordinates statewide implementation of disability rights laws to ensure people with disabilities have access to facilities, programs, and services within the executive branch of state government. Administrative Orders 129 and 262 establish the ADA Compliance Program and set the controlling policies in regard to disability issues.
"It is the policy of the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities to provide reasonable accommodation to any employee who qualifies as an individual with a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)."
What is a Reasonable Accommodation?
Reasonable accommodation allows for equality of opportunity and full participation by persons with disabilities in ADOT&PF employment. They are made on a case-by-case basis for qualified persons covered by the Section 504/ADA at the request of the individual with a disability.
Reasonable accommodations may include but are not limited to: providing sign language interpreters; making materials available in large print or on audio tape or closed caption video tape; providing listening devices; adjusting examination procedures, training materials, and/or policies; modifying work schedules; acquiring and/or modifying equipment; and making facilities and offices accessible.
How to request a Reasonable Accommodation
A person wishing to request a reasonable accommodation should contact their Personnel Section, or the Department ADA Coordinator.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. This law states that, "No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States, as defined in Section 706(8), shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."
49 CFR § 27 (Non discrimination on the Basis of Disability in Programs and Activities Receiving or Benefiting from Federal Financial Assistance). This regulation states that "The purpose of this part is to carry out the intent of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 USC 794) as amended, to the end that no otherwise qualified disabled individual in the United States shall, solely by reason of his or her disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."
The Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987. This act defines "program or activity" to mean "all of the operations" of an agency or department of State government receiving Federal financial assistance.
42 USC § 12101/12213 (The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990). This law expands the scope of Section 504 to include all public and private entities, not just those receiving federal assistance. The ADA states that: "No covered entity shall discriminate against a qualified individual with a disability because of the disability of such individual in regard to job application procedures, the hiring, advancement, or discharge of employees, employee compensation, job training, and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment."
29 CFR § 16.30 (Employment) implements Title I of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), requiring equal employment opportunities for qualified individuals with disabilities and is enforced by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
28 CFR § 35 implements Title II of the ADA, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability by Public Services (state and local governments), and covers employment, services, programs, and activities of state and local governments, regardless of funding source.
State Administrative Order 129