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ARTICLE ID 195603

– DISCRIMINATION – DOJ – ADA – COMPLIANCE REVIEW OF MADISON COUNTY RESOLVED BY – ALLEGED VIOLATION OF ADA.

In this discrimination action, a county of the State of New York was accused of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The matter was settled pre-litigation through a settlement.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) asserted in this action that the respondent, Madison County, New York failed to provide disabled people with necessary access to documents – including documents needed to receive benefits. The DOJ cited as one example, Chris R, who is legally blind and relies on Medicaid and food stamps to help take care of himself and his family. The DOJ states that the county provided him with forms he could neither read nor complete in order to receive his benefits. When Mr. R. asked county staff for help filling out the forms, the DOJ states he was denied any assistance, and told to ask someone else to do it for him.

The United States initiated this matter as a compliance review of Madison County, New York (County) under title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of ________, as well as their implementing regulations.The matter was resolved via settlement, with the defendant’s agreement to institute several compliance initiatives to ensure its communications with people with disabilities are as effective as its communications with people without disabilities. This includes: Making documents available in alternate accessible formats such as Braille, large print, recordings, and accessible electronic format. Under the agreement, Madison County is also required to reasonably modify its policies, practices, and procedures to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. County employees will also receive training on the requirements of the ADA and appropriate ways of serving people with disabilities.

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