ADA Sec. 504 of the Rehab. Act Sec.

188 of WIA And The Equal Opportunity Officer
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND INDUSTRY OFFICE OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITY Autro Heath, Director Crystal V. Adams, OVR Federal Programs Julia Cortez-Gunay, CareerLink/U.C. Service Centers

This session will identify essential responsibilities and requirements of EO Officers in the State of Pennsylvania under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and 188 of WIA as the State and its recipients ensure equal opportunity to persons with disabilities participating in programs or activities receiving financial assistance for the federal government.

Section 504 of the Rehab. Act of 1973 is a national law that protects qualified individuals from discrimination based on their disability. It defines the rights of individuals with disabilities to participate in, and have access to programs, benefits and services. This law applies to to employers and organizations that receive financial assistance from the Federal Government.

The requirements are modeled on the ADA Title II regulations in order to ensure that requirements under Sec. 188 follow generally the requirements of Title II of the ADA. Modeling the WIA regulations on the ADA Title II regulations ensures that the recipients are subject to similar obligations and responsibilities under both laws. As the EO Officer you are required to train, to monitor, and ensure that all CareerLink/UCSC and LWIA sites are in compliance with ADA, Sec. 504 and Sec. 188 WIA Guidelines.

Training Sec. 504 and Sec. 188 of WIA
Local Workforce Investment Areas OVR Training Providers and Vendors CareerLinks/UCSC Labor and Industry Staff All of these area receive Federal dollars.

Monitoring Sec. 504 & Sec 188 WIA
LWIA Training Providers CareerLinks/UCSC OVR EO Officers are to conduct routine TA and ADA Compliance reviews. Check data collection reports, check equipment, check advertising and ensure all clients are given a fair chance to participate programs and activities that are Federally assisted.

Compliance with ADA Guidelines. In Pennsylvania Reviews Charting Process Follow-up Compliance Teams: EO-OVR-LWIA-Disabled Community Reports-Corrective Actions

Ensure that communications with applicants, participants, and members of the public with disabilities are as effective as communications with others. Make sure furnished appropriate auxiliary aids and services where necessary. Give primary consideration to the requests of the individual with disabilities. As an EO Officer, monitoring these area will help keep complaints from being filed.

Universal Access
As EO Officer you ensure recipients take reasonable steps to include members of varying demographics groups in their programs or activities such as recruitment, outreach and targeting. Steps may include advertising in target media or sending notices to and consulting with appropriate community organizations.

Communicating with persons with disabilities as effectively as with non disabled persons. Providing architectural accessibility for individuals with disabilities. (29 CFR 32.28) Providing programs accessibility for persons with disabilities. 29 CFR 32.27 Using nondiscriminatory employment practices.

Complainant Processing Procedures
Ensure and monitor written policies are in place setting forth the complaint resolution procedures prescribed by the regulations, including the means by with the Complaint processing procedure is made available to individuals with visual and cognitive impairments. [See 29 CFR 37.54 (d)(1)(v)]

Ensuring recipients be able to accommodate qualified individuals with a disability. Examples: Ramps, parking, restrooms, auxiliary aides, large print, intergraded setting, computers, audiovisual fire alarms, assignments etc...

Where to Get More Information
29 CFR Part 37 28 CFR Part 35 and 36 29 CFR Part 32 Section 188 of WIA
Office of Equal Opportunity Autro Heath, Director Crystal Adams, EOS II, Federal Programs/OVR Julia Cortez-Gunay, CareerLink/U.C. Service Centers