RESOLUTION NO. 92-7-1

COMPLIANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

 

        WHEREAS, the Congress of the United States has recognized the rights of people with disabilities, and stated that it shall be a policy of the United State to have full participation in society by people with disabilities;

        WHEREAS, the Congress of the United States has adopted the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-336) for the purpose of eliminating discrimination against people with disabilities;

        WHEREAS, the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by all units of state and local government, including municipalities and library district, or instrumentalities thereof, as of January 26, 1992;

        WHEREAS, the rule implementing the Act was published July 26, 1991 (28 CFR Part 35) by the Department of Justice; and

        WHEREAS, the rule requires that the Gail Borden Public Library District shall make information concerning the Act and its application to the services, programs, and activities available to applicants, participants, beneficiaries and other interested persons;

        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Gail Borden Public Library District intends to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act in the delivery of services, programs, and activities, by making reasonable accommodations, such as removal of architectural, transportation, and communication barriers; the changing of rules, policies, and practices; and the providing of auxiliary aids or services for the enhancement of communication with people with hearing or sight impairments, when such accommodations will enable people with disabilities to meet essential eligibility requirements for services, programs, and activities provided by the library.

        FURTHER, BE IT RESOLVED:

  1. That all contracts entered into by the Gail Borden Public Library District which shall result in the delivery of services, programs, and activities shall include a requirement that such services, programs, and activities be delivered without discrimination on the basis of disability, in a manner consistent with the Act and the rule;
  2. That the Gail Borden Public Library District shall evaluate its current services, policies, and practices, including its facilities, to identify barriers in the environment and in service provision which may result in the exclusion of people with disabilities or in the provision of a less effective service for people with disabilities, such evaluation to be completed not later than January 26, 1993;
  3. That the Gail Borden Public Library District designates the Library Director as the person responsible to coordinate compliance with the Act, and to investigate any complaint against the Library, alleging noncompliance with the Act, and that the Library Director can be reached at (847) 742-2411 or by writing to:
    Gail Borden Public Library District
    270 North Grove Avenue
    Elgin, Illinois 60120
  4. That a procedure for the prompt resolution of complaints against the Gail Borden Public Library District, alleging noncompliance with the Act, shall be adopted by the Library, and that a description of the procedure shall be published for the information of the general public; and
  5. That the Gail Borden Public Library District shall adopt a plan, not later than July 26, 1992, for the removal of barriers in existing facilities, and that all necessary work which is structural in nature shall occur by January 26, 1995, if financially feasible.
  6. This Resolution shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage, approval, and publication according to law, and any resolution or ordinance in conflict herewith are hereby repealed; and should any part of this Resolution be adjudged invalid or unconstitutional, such adjudication shall affect only that part of this act specifically covered thereby, which shall be severable therefrom, and shall not affect any other provisions or parts of this act.

This policy was adopted by the Board of Trustees on July 14, 1992.