Notice of Non-Discrimination Under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act

General Remarks

In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the City of Bellingham will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs, or activities.

Employment

The City of Bellingham 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 City will generally, upon request, provide appropriate aids and services leading to effective communication for qualified persons with disabilities so they can participate equally in the City of Bellingham’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, learning, or vision disabilities.

Modifications to Policies and Programs

The City of Bellingham 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.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service (e.g. an induction loop or assistive listening headset or American Sign Language interpreter) for effective communication or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity of Bellingham should email us at ada@cob.org or call (360) 778-7950 or 7-1-1 for relay service. Contact us as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event.

The ADA does not require the City of Bellingham to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services or impose an undue financial or administrative burden.

For complaints that a program, service, or activity of the City of Bellingham is not accessible to persons with disabilities email us at ada@cob.org or call (360) 778-7950 or 7-1-1 for relay service.

The City of Bellingham 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 policies or programs.

We are adjusting some City operations due to the current COVID-19 surge, prioritizing essential services and the safety of employees and the public.