|Americans with Disability Act (ADA)|
33 Washington St.
James G. Sigurdson, Chairman
The Mayor’s Advisory Committee on the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) is committed to ensuring Toms River citizens fully benefit from the laws enacted by the ADA mandate.
The 9 member committee mission statement commits to acting as a source of information for residents with disabilities so they can develop and deliver their unified message, promote awareness for the disabled culture, and build bridges of understanding among all people while enhancing the collective quality-of-life and freedom for disabled residents here.
The committee meets during the first Monday of the month in January, March, May, September and November at 7 p.m., however, this September the committee will meet the second Monday. All meetings are open to the public and held in the in the L. Manuel Hirshblond Meeting Room in Toms River Town Hall, 33 Washington St.
Toms River’s Mayor’s Advisory Committee on ADA members for 2013 include: Arthur J. Blank, Regina Ferris, Terry Guerrini, Sally Jankowsky, Richard Marazo, Jack Reuther, James Sigurdson, Mark Wagner, Liaison to Toms River Schools, and Craig Ambrosio, ADA Coordinator and the Liaison to the Mayor’s Office.
To contact the ADA Coordinator, call, 732-341-1000, ext. 8417, or e-mai
The ADA became United States law on July 26, 1990. The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, state and local government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications. It also applies to the United States congress.
To be protected by the ADA, one must have a disability or have a relationship or association with an individual with a disability. An individual with a disability is defined by the ADA as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such impairment. The ADA does not specifically name all of the impairments that are covered.
For further information on the ADA, please call 1-800-514-0301, 1-800-514-0383 TTY or visit www.ada.gov.
ADA Title I:
Employment Title I requires employers, including religious entities, with 15 or more employees to provide qualified individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to benefit from full range of employment-related opportunities available to others. For more information on Title I, please call 1-800-669-4000 or 1-800-669-6820 TTY.
ADA Title II:
Employment Title II requires state and local governments give people with disabilities an equal opportunity to benefit from all of their programs, services, and activities including public education, employment, transportation, recreation, health care, social services, courts, voting, and town meetings. State and local governments are required to follow specific architectural standards in the new construction and alteration of their buildings. They must also relocate programs or otherwise provide access in inaccessible older buildings, and communicate effectively with people who have hearing, vision, or speech disabilities. ADA Title II public transportation authorities may not discriminate against people with disabilities in the provision of their services. For more information on Title II, please contact 1-888-446-4511, 1-800-514-0301 or 1-800-514-0383 TTY.
ADA Title III:
Public Accommodation Title III requires businesses and nonprofit service providers make available public accommodations that comply with basic nondiscrimination requirements that prohibit exclusion, segregation, and unequal treatment. They also must comply with specific requirements related to architectural standards for new and altered buildings; reasonable modifications to policies, practices, and procedures; effective communication with people with hearing, vision, or speech disabilities; and other access requirements. Additionally, public accommodations must remove barriers in existing buildings where it is easy to do so without much difficulty or expense, given the public accommodation’s resources. For more information on Title III, please contact 1-800-514-0301 or 1-800-514-0383 TTY.
ADA Title IV:
Title IV telecommunications relay services, which was amended 1996, addresses telephone and television access for people with hearing and speech disabilities. Title IV also requires closed captioning of federally funded public service announcements. For more information, please contact 1-888-225-5322 or 1- 888-835-5322 TTY.
Additional ADA Information
Fair Housing Act, as amended in 1988, prohibits housing discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, and national origin. Its coverage includes private housing, housing that receives federal financial assistance and state and local government housing. For more information on the Fair Housing Act, please contact, 1-202-708-2333 or 1-202-401-1247 TTY.
The Air Carrier Access Act prohibits discrimination in air transportation by domestic and foreign air carriers. For more information on the Air Carrier Access Act, please contact 1-202-366-2220 or 1-202-366-0511 TTY.
Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act of 1984 generally requires polling places across the United States to be physically accessible to people with disabilities. For more information on the Elderly and Handicapped Act, please contact 1-800-253-3931 voice and TTY.
National Voter Registration Act of 1993 is increases the historically low registration rates of minorities and persons with disabilities that have resulted from discrimination. For more information on the National Voter Registration Act, please contact 1-800-253-3931 voice and TTY.
Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act authorizes the U.S. Attorney General to investigate conditions of confinement at state and local government For more information on the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, please contact 1-202-514-6255 voice and TTY.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act require a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment in public schools for all eligible children with disabilities appropriate. For more information on Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, please contact 1-202-205-5507 voice and TTY.
The Rehabilitation Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in programs conducted by federal agencies, in programs receiving federal financial assistance, in federal employment, and in the employment practices of federal contractors. For more information on the Rehabilitation Act, please contact 1-800-514-0301 or 1-800-514-0383 TTY.
The Architectural Barriers Act requires buildings and facilities are designed, constructed, or altered with federal funds, or leased by a federal agency, comply with federal standards for physical accessibility. For more information on the Architectural Barriers Act, please contact 1-800-949- 4232, 1-800-872-2253, 1-800-993-2822 TTY or visit www.adata.org.
Visibility is a new concept in housing design that provides access to homes for neighbors and relatives who have a disability. For more information, please contact 1716-829-3485, ext. 329, 1-877-237-4219, ext. 336 TTY or visit www.ap.buffalo.edu.
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights section- booklet, a guide to Disability Rights Laws, May 2002.
2013 Meeting Schedule: Monday, January 7; March 4; May 6; September 9; November 4.
All meetings are held at the Toms River Town Hall, 33 Washington Street, and begin at 7:00 p.m.