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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Policy  
In accordance with the requirements of title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA"), Mesa County will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs, or activities.

Employment: Mesa County 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: Mesa 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 Mesa County'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: Mesa County 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 Mesa County 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 Mesa County, should contact the office of the Facilities Director at Mesa County Facilities and Park, P.O. Box 20,000, Grand Junction, CO 81503, (970) 244-3230, as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event.

The ADA does not require Mesa County 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 Mesa County is not accessible to persons with disabilities should be directed to the Facilities Director in accordance with Mesa County's ADA Grievance Policy located below.

Mesa County 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.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA} Grievance Procedure For Mesa County, Colorado
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 Mesa County. The County's Personnel Policy governs employment-related complaints of disability discrimination.

All complaints must be in writing and contain information about the alleged discrimination. The complaint shall include the name, address, phone number of complainant and location, date, and description of the problem. Upon request, alternative means of filing complaints, such as personal interviews or a tape recording of the complaint, will be made available for persons with disabilities.

The complaint should be submitted by the grievant or his/her designee as soon as possible but no later than 60 calendar days after the alleged violation to the Facilities Director /ADA Coordinator at:
 Mailing address:

Mesa County Facilities and Parks Attn: Facilities Director
P. 0. Box 20,000
Grand Junction, CO 81502

Physical Address: 2785 Highway 50,
GJ, CO 81503
{970) 244-3230

Within 15 calendar days after receipt of the complaint, the Facilities Director or his/her designee will meet with the complainant to discuss the complaint and the possible resolutions. Within 15 calendar days of the meeting, the Facilities Director or the 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 Mesa County and offer options for substantive resolution of the complaint.

If the response of the Facilities Director or the designee does not satisfactorily resolve the issue, the complainant or his/her designee may appeal the decision to the County Administrator within 15 calendar days after receipt of the response.

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

All written complaints received by the Facilities Director or a designee, appeals to the County Administrator or a designee, and responses from these two offices will be retained by Mesa County for at least three years.

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