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LAPC Americans with Disabilities Act Information

The La Crosse Area Planning Committee (LAPC) does not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs, or activities. The LAPC provides notice of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 "ADA" with the following notice:

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    NOTICE UNDER THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

 

 

 

In accordance with the requirements of title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA"), the La Crosse Area Planning Committee will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs, or activities.

Employment: The La Crosse Area Planning Committee does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices and complies with all regulations promulgated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under title I of the ADA.

Effective Communication: The La Crosse Area Planning Committee will generally, upon request, provide appropriate aids and services leading to effective communication for qualified persons with disabilities so they can participate equally in La Crosse Area Planning Committee’s 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 vision impairments.

Modifications to Policies and Procedures: The La Crosse Area Planning Committee will make all reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all of its programs, services, and activities.  For example, individuals with service animals are welcomed in La Crosse Area Planning Committee offices, even where pets are generally prohibited.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity of the La Crosse Area Planning Committee, should contact the office of Tom Faella at 608.785.5977 as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event.

The ADA does not require the La Crosse Area Planning Committee to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services, or impose an undue financial or administrative burden.

Complaints that a program, service, or activity of the La Crosse Area Planning Committee is not accessible to persons with disabilities should be directed to Tom Faella at 608.785.5977.

The La Crosse Area Planning Committee will not place a surcharge on a particular individual with a disability or any group of individuals with disabilities to cover the cost of providing auxiliary aids/services or reasonable modifications of policy, such as retrieving items from locations that are open to the public but are not accessible to persons who use wheelchairs.

 

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In accordance with the ADA, the La Crosse Area Planning Committee (LAPC) maintains the following Communications and Meetings Policy:

LAPC ADA Communications and Meetings Policies


Written Communications Policy:


The LAPC will include in each document it distributes to the general public the following policy statement indicating that the information is available in alternate formats to individuals with disabilities upon request and within reason:


“To request this document in an alternate format, please contact Tom Faella

at 608.785.5977 or the Wisconsin Relay Service at 711 or 1.800.947.3529.
You may also e-mail to tfaella@lacrossecounty.org.
(Please request at least one week in advance.)”


Public Meeting Accessibility Policy:


The LAPC will include in all of its written correspondence for meetings and events open to the public the following policy statement ensuring accessible meeting locations and interpretive assistance:
“To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter or other reasonable accommodation,

call Tom Faella at 608.785.5977 or the Wisconsin Relay Service at 711 or

1.800.947.3529. You may also send an e-mail to tfaella@lacrossecounty.org.
(Please request at least one week in advance.)”

 

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In accordance with the ADA, the La Crosse Area Planning Committee (LAPC) maintains the following Grievance Procedure:

La Crosse Area Planning Committee Grievance Procedure under The Americans with Disabilities Act


This Grievance Procedure is established to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA"). It may be used by anyone who wishes to file a complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of disability in the provision of services, activities, programs, or benefits by the La Crosse Area Planning Committee. La Crosse County's Personnel Policy governs employment-related complaints of disability discrimination.


The complaint should be in writing and contain information about the alleged discrimination such as name, address, phone number of complainant and location, date, and description of the problem. Alternative means of filing complaints, such as personal interviews or a tape recording of the complaint, will be made available for persons with disabilities upon request.
The complaint should be submitted by the grievant and/or his/her designee as soon as possible but no later than 60 calendar days after the alleged violation to:


Tom Faella
Director, LAPC
212 6th St N, Room 1200
La Crosse County Administrative Center
La Crosse, WI 54601


Within 15 calendar days after receipt of the complaint, Tom Faella or his designee will meet with the complainant to discuss the complaint and the possible resolutions. Within 15 calendar days of the meeting, Tom Faella or his designee will respond in writing, and where appropriate, in a format accessible to the complainant, such as large print, Braille, or audio tape. The response will explain the position of the La Crosse Area Planning Committee and offer options for substantive resolution of the complaint.


If the response by Tom Faella or his designee does not satisfactorily resolve the issue, the complainant and/or his/her designee may appeal the decision within 15 calendar days after receipt of the response to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) ADA Coordinator or her designee.


Within 15 calendar days after receipt of the appeal, the WisDOT ADA Coordinator or her designee will meet with the complainant to discuss the complaint and possible resolutions. Within 15 calendar days after the meeting, the WisDOT ADA Coordinator or her designee will respond in writing, and, where appropriate, in a format accessible to the complainant, with a final resolution of the complaint.


All written complaints received by Tom Faella or his designee, appeals to the WisDOT ADA Coordinator or her designee, and responses from these two offices will be retained by the La Crosse Area Planning Committee for at least three years.



 

 Contact the LAPC   

 

La Crosse County Administrative Center
Room 1200
212 North 6th Street
La Crosse, Wisconsin  54601