The Disability Accessibility Program was adopted by the Board of County
Commissioners in September, 1984. It ensures equal access to County
programs, services and employment
for individuals with disabilities.
Alachua County Human Rights Ordinance
The Alachua County Human Rights Ordinance prohibits discrimination based on disability in employment, housing or public accommodations within the geographic boundaries of Alachua County.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
- Prohibits discrimination in employment, programs or services based on disability by any agency, program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
- Prohibits denial of equal access to County services.
- Provides for public notices and assurances.
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) prohibits discrimination including denial of the equal enjoyment of goods, programs or services based on disability.
Who is covered?
Americans who have:
- A physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities of the individual; a record of such an impairment or being regarded as having such an impairment
- Major life activities are basic activities that the average person can perform with little or no difficulty (i.e. caring for oneself, walking, sitting, lifting, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, thinking, working or performing major bodily functions.
The ADA guarantees that people with disabilities have equal opportunity/equal access to participate in the mainstream of American life, to enjoy employment opportunities, purchase goods and services, and participate in state & local government programs and services.
Alachua County Policy on Service Animals
A service animal is a dog (or miniature
horse in some cases) that is individually
trained to do work or perform tasks for a
person with a disability.
Any person accompanied by a service
animal is allowed to enter County owned
or occupied buildings, and is allowed
access to whatever areas the public is
generally allowed, in accordance with the
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Persons with disabilities accompanied by
service animals are not required to carry
documentation of their disability or
identification of the animal.
Citizens Disability Advisory Committee (CDAC)
- The committee reviews
Alachua County programs,
services, communications and
facilities for accessibility.
- The committee members are
volunteers representing various
disabilities and agencies.
- The County Manager appoints the
members and they assist the Equal
Opportunity Manager in complying
with Section 504 and the ADA.
Learn more about the Citizens Disability Advisory Committee
Alachua County will generally, upon
request, provide appropriate aids and
services leading to effective
communication for qualified persons
with disabilities so they can
participate equally in County
programs, services and activities,
including qualified sign language
interpreters, documents in Braille,
and other ways of making information
and communications accessible to
people who have speech, hearing or
Please contact the Alachua County
Equal Opportunity Office at least
three business days prior to the event.
ALACHUA COUNTY EQUAL OPPORTUNITY OFFICE
12 SE 1st Street – 1st Floor
Gainesville, FL 32601
(352) 374-5275 (Voice)
(352) 338-3205 (Fax)
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