April 26th – The Texas Governor’s Office released a bulletin relative to the requirement that if a public entity has 50 or more employees, it is required to designate at least one responsible employee to coordinate ADA compliance. A government entity may elect to have more than one ADA Coordinator. Although the law does not refer to this person as an “ADA Coordinator,” this term is commonly used in state and local governments across the country. The ADA Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the efforts of the government entity to comply with Title II and investigating any complaints that the entity has violated Title II. The name, office address, and telephone number of the ADA Coordinator must be provided to interested persons.
The Great Lakes ADA Center has established an ADA Coordinator Certification Program.
About the ADA Coordinator Certification Program
The ADA Coordinator Training (ACT) Certification Program certifies that ADA Coordinators have completed quality training that provides the knowledge-base and tools necessary to be effective in the role of an ADA Coordinator by:
- Completion of training credits
- Quality of training
- Content that addresses specific ADA related topics.
- Mastery of content knowledge.
- A foundation of content knowledge essential to performing the role of an ADA Coordinator.
- Bulletins on the latest ADA related information.
- Access to on-line resources.
- ADA Coordinator Network for on-line information sharing with ACT-Certification program members and staff.
- Alerts of upcoming trainings.
Upon completion of the ADA Coordinator Training (ACT) Certification Program, ADA Coordinators can show they have acquired a knowledge-base specific to the needs of an ADA Coordinator that consists of:
• establishing and overseeing grievance procedures
• conducting self-evaluation plans.
• implemention of transition plans.
• monitoring on-going progress.
• communicating policy within the organization and throughout the community.
• coordinating activities among a number of departments.
• identifying and utilizing appropriate resources.
• ADA regulations and guidelines.
• effective use of resources.
More information on Becoming a Certified ADA Coordinator http://www.adacoordinator.org/
ADA Coordinator Toolkit from DOJ: http://www.ada.gov/pcatoolkit/toolkitmain.htm