The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is the Bill of Rights for individuals with disabilities.
The ADA has five titles, two of which directly affect governmental entities. Title I prohibits discrimination in all aspects of employment, and Title II prohibits discrimination in providing public services, programs and activities. Both titles require a public entity to make reasonable accommodations and/or modifications to individuals with disabilities to allow them to participate fully in public employment and public services.
If you have additional questions about reasonable accommodations, contact an agency, college, or university’s ADA Coordinator and/or Affirmative Action Officer. To locate the contact information for an agency, college, or university’s ADA Coordinator and/or Affirmative Action Officer, refer to the corresponding affirmative action plan located on the Agency AAPs tab of the Affirmative Action page on Minnesota Management and Budget's website.
If you have additional questions about accessibility, contact an agency, college, or university’s ADA Coordinator and/or Affirmative Action Officer. To locate the contact information for an agency, college, or university’s ADA Coordinator and/or Affirmative Action Officer, refer to the corresponding affirmative action plan located on the Agency AAPs tab of the Affirmative Action page on Minnesota Management and Budget's website.
The following are frequently asked questions on providing auxiliary aids and services. If you have additional questions or need clarification, contact an agency, college, or university’s ADA Coordinator and/or Affirmative Action Officer.
Act in accordance with the agency’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and Procedure. Contact an ADA Coordinator and/or the Affirmative Action Officer at the agency. Many questions about reasonable accommodations are in the following areas: deaf and hard of hearing, blind and visually impaired, and accessibility and alternative formats for events and publications.
There are sign language interpreters and oral interpreters.
A sign language interpreter is a trained professional who translates the spoken message into sign for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. This interpreter also translates the signed message into spoken language for hearing people. The interpreter is trained in the structure of American Sign Language, the causes and effects of deafness, and the use of body and facial expressions to convey one’s feelings.
An oral interpreter is a professional who enunciates a speaker’s remarks by means of natural lip movements with or without voice. The person is trained in utilizing optimum interpreting skills. This requires the ability to rephrase sentences involving homophones or low-visibility words and the ability to speak clearly.
To schedule an interpreter, contact one of the vendors that is listed in the vendor contract with the state’s Department of Administration. For more information, visit the Department of Administration's website or call them at 651.296.2600. Parts of the website are password protected so you must work with Fiscal at your agency to enter some areas of the site and to arrange a purchase order to cover the cost of the service at the time you setup the interpreter service.
The Minnesota Relay Service (MRS) allows individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired to communicate over regular telephone lines. The MRS operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The relay number in the metro area is 7-1-1, in the greater Minnesota the number is 1.800.657.3529. When a relay operator answers, give the operator your area code and phone number. Then give the operator the name, area code, and phone number of the person you want call. When the person is on the line the operator will type what you say to the TDD-user, and speak to you what the TTY user types.
Relay operators have been trained in ethics, procedure, and American Sign Language grammar. They will relay the conversation from you to the person you are calling, but they will not interfere, advise, or handle your business for you. All calls are confidential. MRS ask users to be patient with the relay process since it involves phone transfers, computer procedures, etc.
Decisions on closed captioning should be in accordance with the state policy.
Executive Order 96-9 requires State agencies and MnSCU to document compliance with Title I and II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and submit an annual report to the Commissioner, Agency Head, Chancellor or President, and the State ADA Coordinator. The reporting period is from July 1st through June 30th.
The report must be submitted online by September 4th. To access the reporting form, go to the Annual ADA Report Submission Page.
When completing the form, answer the questions regarding your agency, college, university, or system office’s efforts toward increasing awareness and accessibility for people with disabilities. An Annual ADA Reporting Spreadsheet (excel version) has been created to help you collect the information for the report.
To move through the reporting form, use the tab key, arrow keys, or mouse. Do NOT use the Enter key. If you press the Enter key before completing the survey, use the browser Back arrow on the submit screen to return to the report. Be sure to print a copy of the report for your records before submitting it. Click submit at the end of the survey. Once submitted, your responses will be transmitted directly to the survey database maintained at Minnesota Management and Budget.