Americans with Disabilities Act
The City Manager’s Office works with the City Attorney’s Office, the Public Works Department, and the ADA Coordinator (Building Official) to refine the implementation and monitoring of the City’s ADA Compliance Transition Plan.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a comprehensive civil rights law for people with disabilities. According to the United States Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, “To be protected by the ADA, one must have a disability, which is defined by the ADA as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment.”
The ADA does not specifically name all of the impairments that are covered. The full text version of the Americans with Disabilities Act can be found here.
The United States Department of Justice enforces the ADA's requirements in three areas:
Title I: Employment practices by units of State and local government
Title II: Programs, services, and activities of States and local government (CLR)
Title III: Public accommodations and commercial facilities
Some of the City's ADA activity updates include working closely with the Public Works Department and the City Attorney’s Office to continue the implementation of the City’s ADA Compliance Transition Plan, refining the City-wide database for the management and tracking of the ADA curb ramp construction program, and installing 259 additional ADA curb ramps to bring total curb ramps installed from 1998-2021 to 1,777.
City of Watsonville's ADA Grievance Procedure (created July 1, 1998 and updated April 30, 2021)
The City of Watsonville, California, has instituted the following procedures for the prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging any action prohibited by the U.S. Department of Justice regulations implementing Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Title II states, in part, that “no otherwise qualified disabled individual shall, solely by reason of such disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in programs or activities sponsored by a public entity.”
Complaints should be addressed to the City’s ADA Coordinator/Building Official: Mr. Rob Allen, 250 Main Street, Watsonville, CA, 95076. He can be reached at 831-768-3065. You can find the City's ADA Grievance Procedure here.