Background
The Seattle Public Library is fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). No individual with a disability shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation at the Library or be denied the benefits of accessing Library services, programs, activities or employment.

Policy Statement
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, public entities, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation and telecommunications.

The Library will provide accommodations by request for physical access, communications or other needs to ensure that services, activities and programs are available to people with disabilities. The Library will provide reasonable accommodations to job applicants and employees with disabilities.

Requesting an Accommodation
Library patrons seeking an accommodation should complete the Reasonable Accommodation Request Form, which is available on the Library's public website. For assistance with ADA-related concerns, patrons should contact the Library's ADA Coordinator, whose contact information is also available on the Library's public website.

Employees seeking an accommodation should consult the Human Resources infoNET page on Disability Accommodations for specific instructions.

ADA Grievance Procedure
Library patrons who feel they have been discriminated against based on a disability, or have faced retaliation for engaging in ADA-protected activities, should follow the procedures provided in the ADA Grievance Form, also available on the Library's public website.

Applicability
This procedure applies to all members of the public using, or seeking to use, Library facilities and/or resources. It also applies to all Library employees, as well as individuals seeking employment with the Library.

Related Laws, Policies and Procedures
Administrative Procedure, Requesting Accommodations and Filing Grievances Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

History

Adopted: December 17, 2014
Supersedes Policy: Supersedes Non-Discrimination-Americans with Disabilities adopted February 27, 1992.

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