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ADA Notice Under the Americans with Disabilities Act

Notice under the Americans with Disabilities Act

In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA"), Cleveland Municipal Court will not discriminate against qualified individuals with either physical or mental disabilities in its services, programs, or activities.

Employment:

Cleveland Municipal Court 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:

Cleveland Municipal Court 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 Court's services, programs, and activities, including qualified sign language interpreters, and other ways of making information and communications accessible to people who have speech, hearing, or vision impairments.

Modifications to Policies and Procedures:

Cleveland Municipal Court 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 Cleveland Municipal Court’s 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 service, program, or activity of the Cleveland Municipal Court should contact its ADA Coordinator as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event:

ADA Coordinator for Cleveland Municipal Court
1200 Ontario St.
Cleveland, Ohio 44113

Catherine Piña-Arrieta
Phone: 216-664-3952
arrietac@cmcoh.org

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

The Cleveland Municipal Court 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.

Cleveland Municipal Court Procedure under the Americans with Disabilities Act

This Grievance Procedure is established to meet the requirements of the 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 the Cleveland Municipal Court, including its affiliated offices. For local court participation in court cases or functions, accommodations available for persons with a disability, related to participation in court cases or functions, individuals must inform the courtroom where the services are needed.

The complaint should be in writing and contain information about the alleged discrimination, such as name, address, and phone number of complainant and the location, date, and description of the problem. Alternative means of filing complaints, such as personal interviews or a tape recording of the complaint, will be made available for persons with disabilities upon request.  Additionally, there is a form available here that may be used to formulate a complaint.

The complaint should be submitted by the complainant or the complainant’s designee as soon as possible but no later than 60 calendar days after the alleged violation to:

ADA Coordinator for the Cleveland Municipal Court
1200 Ontario St.
Cleveland, OH 44113

Att: Catherine Piña-Arrieta (Interpreters Unit)
Phone: 216-664-3952
arrietac@sc.ohio.gov

Within 15 calendar days after receipt of the complaint, the ADA Coordinator or the Coordinator’s designee will meet with the complainant to discuss the complaint and the possible resolutions. Within 15 calendar days of the meeting, the ADA Coordinator or the Coordinator’s designee will respond in writing, and where appropriate, in a format accessible to the complainant, such as large print or audio tape. The response will explain the position of the Cleveland Municipal Court and offer options for substantive resolution of the complaint.

If the response by the ADA Coordinator or the Coordinator’s designee does not satisfactorily resolve the issue, the complainant or the complainant’s designee may appeal the decision to the Court Administrator of the Cleveland Municipal Court within 15 calendar days after receipt of the response.

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

All written complaints received by the ADA Coordinator or the Coordinator’s designee, appeals to the Court Administrator, and responses from those offices will be retained by the Cleveland Municipal Court for at least three years.

Resources for Persons who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind for Participation in Court Cases or Functions

For accommodations available for persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind related to participation in court cases or functions individuals must contact the court where the services are needed. If an accommodation is not made by that court, individuals may contact the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Language Services Program to file a complaint:

Language Services Program
Supreme Court of Ohio
65 South Front Street, 6th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3431
Phone: 614.387.9404
Fax: 614.387.9409

InterpreterServices@sc.ohio.gov

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